Iím a graduate student, holding F-1 Visa. My school is quarter system. I plan to visit my country during this summer. The departure date is 06/22/09 and the return date is 08/26/09. So, Iíll be outside the U.S. about 2 months and 4 days.
Today (06/03/09), I went to the International Office of my school. They said they didnít want to sign my I-20 on page 3 now. They would wait until 06/18/09 to sign it because if my I-20 is signed today and I would return at the end of August, itís almost 3 months. I might get problems.
1. How long a student holding F-1 Visa can travel outside the U.S.? For my case, Iíll be outside the U.S. about 2 months and 4 days. Is that fine?
2. I donít understand why the International Office has to wait until 06/18/09 to sign my I-20. Does the departure date count from the date my I-20 signed, not my actual date I leave the U.S.
Thanks you guys,