Travel in J-1 Status
J-1 scholars may leave the United States and apply for re-entry anytime within the program dates on Form DS-2019, provided they have maintained their immigration status and present all required documents at the Port of Entry, as listed below.
Documents Required at the Port of Entry
A J-1 scholar must present the following documents at the Port of Entry to apply for re-entry to the United States:
- Valid DS-2019 with travel signature issued by ISSS;
- Valid passport;
- Valid J-1 visa, unless otherwise exempt (see exemptions below).
Citizens of Canada are exempt from entry visa requirements.
Automatic Revalidation of Visa
A J-1 scholar whose entry visa has expired may travel solely to Canada, Mexico, or adjacent islands in the Caribbean (except Cuba) for a period of 30 days or less and apply for re-entry to the United States with an expired entry visa if the scholar:
- Presents a valid passport, DS-2019, and I-94;
- Has not applied for a new visa abroad;
- Is not a national of a country designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.
If all the above conditions are met, the expired visa can be considered valid to the date of re-entry.
To apply for entry to the United States after the expiration of an entry visa, a J-1 scholar who is not exempt from the entry visa requirements and who does not qualify for automatic revalidation must apply for a new entry visa at a U.S. consulate abroad. For information on how to apply for a new entry visa, visit the U.S. Department of State website for the consulate where the application will be made.