Lost Documents

  • Each semester, a few students have documents stolen or lost.

    If your documents are stolen, please report it to the local police and ask for a police report. Also contact your local embassy. Please make every effort to put your immigration documents in safe keeping.

    Here are some guidelines for recovering lost documents:

    I-20 or DS-2019

    The Office of International Education prints lost documents easily. Request a replacement at the front desk of the office.

    Passport (Includes Renewing)

    Please contact your local embassy or consulate to replace your passport. Your passport needs to be valid for six months into the future when re-entering the U.S. If your passport will be expiring and you plan to return home, consider renewing your passport at home. If you will remain in the U.S., please contact your country's embassy or consulate for more details.


    Report a lost visa via fax to the issuing embassy post aboard. Visas cannot be replaced while in the United States. When you return home, you can apply for a replacement passport.


    The I-94 card (white card) is the arrival/departure record used by Department of Homeland Security to track who has entered and exited the U.S. This card is necessary when applying for a driver’s license, Social Security number, Optional Practical Training, and Curricular Practical Training.

    When you depart the U.S., you will return the card and receive a new card with each entry into the U.S. If you would like to replace your I-94, please do the following:

    1. Complete the I-102 Form.
    2. Obtain a money order (post office, bank, or Giant Eagle) for $320 made payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 75 Lower Welden Street, St. Albans, VT 05479-0001. The only way this fee is not required is if the I-94 is filled out incorrectly at no fault of your own.
    3. Copy your passport, visa, I-94 if you have it, and I-20 or DS-2019. If your I-94 was stolen, you will need a copy of the police report. If you need a name change on your I-94, please write a brief letter explaining what you would like the I-94 to show.
    4. Leave these items in an envelope at the Office of International Education. We will mail it certified mail for you to the Vermont USCIS center.
    5. You should receive a new I-94 card within sixty to ninety days.

    See the Application to Replace I-94.