J-1 scholars must be mindful of visa concerns when planning any international travel. The following contain information that will help you plan your next trip outside the United States during your J-1 scholar program.
Are you traveling overseas? To re-enter the United States, you will need the following:
- Valid I-20 or DS-2019 recently endorsed with signature from International Programs Office (IPO).
- Valid visa stamp in passport. Check the expiration date. If expired, you must renew at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. (Please note, if you have been outside of the United States for 5 months or longer and your F-1 or J-1 visa is still valid i.e. unexpired, you may need a NEW visa according to a recent State Department rule. Please check with the nearest US consulate to determine if your visa is still valid for entry to the US.)
- Valid Passport
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) no longer provides paper I-94 cards at the Port of Entry (except in limited circumstances).
If you have any questions before you depart the U.S., please contact the International Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Embassies and Foreign Embassies
Travel to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands