Traveling Outside the United States for J-1 Students
- Re-entering the U.S.
- Renewing your Visa Stamp
- Travel Signature
- Visa Exceptions
- Traveling to a Country Other than your Country of Citizenship
Re-entering the U.S.
To re-enter the U.S., you need to have the following documents:
- A valid passport
- A valid J-1 visa (See Visa Exceptions)
- A current DS-2019 with a valid travel signature (learn about the travel signature)
- Proof of financial support (bank statements and/or scholarship, financial aid)
- Proof of enrollment (certificate of enrollment or transcript)
Renewing Your Visa Stamp
If you or your dependents need to renew your visas in order to re-enter the United States, you must apply in person to a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. Applicants are normally required to submit the following documentation:
- A valid passport
- Current passport-size photographs
- A valid DS-2019
- Proof of financial support
- Proof of enrollment
- Any additional required paperwork - visit the U.S. Consulate's website where you plan to apply.
J exchange visitors are required to have their DS-2019s signed by the OIS before traveling outside the U.S. if they wish to return.
If you require a travel signature, please drop off your DS-2019 with the OIS and it will be ready for pick up after 10:00 a.m. the following business day.
Citizens of Canada and Bermuda are exempt from visa requirements.
See Automatic Revalidation for information on traveling with an expired visa.
Traveling to a Country Other than your Country of Citizenship
Before traveling to another country of which you are not a citizen, check the United States re-entry requirements, as well as that country's travel requirements. A list of U.S embassies and consulates can be found here. Foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. can be found here.
Please note that you can re-enter the United States from Canada with an expired U.S. visa stamp if you meet the criteria.