Shuttle Reservation Form

Free shuttle service from Logan International Airport in Boston (Boston Logan) to Amherst College will be provided to new international students only on August 21, 2019. Your reservation request must be submitted by August 1st, 2019.

In order to make use of this service you must choose a flight that arrives at Boston Logan between 8am and 8pm.

Please fill out the form below to make your reservation. You will receive a reservation confirmation and pick-up details from the shuttle provider at the email address you provide. If you are bringing large or multiple bags/suitcases, please email us in advance as shuttle space is limited.

Scheduled Arrival Date: *
Scheduled Arrival Time: *

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Getting ready to travel? Be sure to plan ahead!

Check out the topics below for more information about various types of international travel for visa-holding students. In this section, you'll also find information about how to request a graduation invitation letter for your family members' visitor visa application, as well as how to apply for a Massachusetts state ID card or driver's license. Have a travel question that isn't covered here? Contact us via email.

General Travel & Arrival Information for New Students

No doubt you are already busy getting ready for your journey to Amherst College! As you begin to make the necessary arrangements please be sure to review this important information regarding travel, arrival, and Pre-Orientation. You’ll also want to keep in mind some key dates and procedures.

Do you need a travel signature?

All F-1 and J-1 visa holders planning to travel abroad and request reentry to the US must have a valid travel signature (endorsement) on their I-20 or DS-2019 form.

In order for the signature to be considered "valid," it must be less than one year old at the time of your return. To request a travel signature, please follow the steps below.

Traveling abroad? Be sure to plan ahead!

If you are a current F-1 or J-1 student planning to travel abroad, be sure to carry the following documentation with you when you request reentry into the United States.

All F-1 and J-1 visa holders:
  • A valid passport, with at least 6 months of validity* remaining

Visitor Visas for Family Graduation Guests

International Seniors,

Many of you have family members who are starting to think about plans for visiting the United States to attend your graduation, possibly including the need to apply for visitor visas to enter the United States. At many US embassies and consulates, applicants for visitor visas are recommended or required to submit a “letter of invitation," confirming the legitimate basis for the applicant’s visit to the US. These letters of invitation for the families of international students and international family members of domestic students can be written by you, the student.  The Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) is happy to support you by issuing them, as well.  Please note that a formal invitation letter issued by the CISE is not required for your family member to obtain a visitor visa.

To compose the letter yourself, it is recommended that you include: your name, school, relationship to the applicant, name of applicant, applicant’s country of citizenship/permanent residency, dates expected to visit the United States, duration of visit, preferred arrival date, and how the applicant will be financially supported during the visit. The letter should be addressed to the specific US consulate or embassy where your family member will be applying for their visitor visa.

If you would like the CISE to issue you a leter, please submit the form below. Once we have received your submission, we will prepare the necessary letter(s) and notify you by email when they are ready. The letters will be issued in PDF format.  If you would like a hardcopy, please let us know and we will send to you via campus mail. You may then send the letter(s) to your family member(s) for inclusion with the visa application.

Please note that the form provides space for the request of 5 letters. If you need more than 5 letters, please complete a second form.

You should allow at least one week for preparation of the letter(s).

If you have questions, please feel free to visit us during advising hours or email us.

Student Pronouns (as you would like for them to appear in the letter): *
Person(s) who will require a "letter of invitation" for US visitor visa application.

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