Traveling Outside the United States for J-1 Scholars
- 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 United States
To re-enter the U.S., you need the following documents:
- A valid passport
- A valid J-1 visa (See Visa Exceptions)
- A current DS-2019 with a valid travel signature (learn more about the travel signature)
- Evidence you continue to engage in the activities appropriate to your status (i.e. your offer letter, your most recent paycheck stubs, etc)
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
- Letter from academic department
- 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.
- The signature is valid for 12 months.
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.