Yes, but traveling during this time should be undertaken with caution. USCIS may send you a request for evidence while you are away, so make sure you have provided a correct U.S. address both to your DSO and on the application - and that you will be able to send in requested documents.
Also, if USCIS approves your OPT application, you will be expected to have your EAD in hand to re-enter the U.S. Like a request for further information, USCIS can only send the EAD to your U.S. address.
If USCIS has approved your OPT, you will be expected to have your EAD in hand to re-enter the U.S., along with your Form I-20, valid passport and visa, and a letter of employment if you have one. If you exceed the limits on unemployment while outside the U.S., you will not be eligible to re-enter the U.S. in F-1 status.
Your travel signature is valid for six months from the last signature date. If you need a new travel signature, you will need to email email@example.com with a PDF attachment of your current I-20 to request a new signature. The CIS will email you an electronic I-20 for you to print and sign.
If you are a non-resident for tax purposes, you are not eligible to file your tax return electronically. Commercially purchased tax return software will file your return incorrectly. Non-residents for tax purposes should only use the Glacier Tax Prep software.
For tax assistance, schedule an appointment with the Center for International Studies at 325-942-2083. Bring these items with you to your appointment:
Any W-2 or 1042-S forms
All other tax forms you may have received
The deadline to file tax returns in the U.S. is April 15. Glacier Tax Prep is accessible through June 16. Glacier Tax Prep will prepare the following forms:
Before logging into Glacier Tax Prep, make sure you have the following documents:
Form 1042-S (please note: the Form 1042-S was issued by the CIS in February)
Copy of last year’s non-resident tax return, if you filed a return
When prompted to enter your Academic Institution information in Glacier Tax Prep, please enter the following:
Academic Program Director Name: Meghan Peña
Telephone Number: 325-486-6503
Institution Address: 2601 W. Avenue N, San Angelo, TX 76909
Mandatory Immigration Orientation will be held by the Center for International Studies the week prior to the first day of class. For the specific dates of orientation you are required to attend, please check the first page of your Form I-20.