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Office of International Services

lf you are planning on traveling outside of the United States and wish to re-enter the country under the J-1 status, please follow the instructions below:

  • See a Responsible or Alternate Responsible Officer (RO/ARO) in the Office of International Services (OIS) before traveling in order to insure that all your documents are in order
  • You must have a valid form DS-2019 with a travel endorsement from an OIS RO/ARO. The travel endorsement is valid for one year as long as your DS-2019 is valid and all of the information on it is current, and you have otherwise maintained the conditions of your status.
  • You must have a valid J-1 visa in your passport
  • You must have a valid passport

Traveling With An Expired Visa

If you are planning on traveling outside the U.S. and your J-1 visa has expired, you are required to make an appointment with the U.S. Consulate/Embassy in the country you will be visiting. For a listing of "Visa Wait Times", visit the Department of State Web site. You will need the following documents during your visa appointment:

  • A valid form DS-2019 with a travel endorsement from an OIS RO/ARO
  • A passport that will be valid for at least six months after the date on which you plan to return to the United States
  • One photograph 1 and 1/2 inches square, showing full face, without head covering, against a light background
  • A letter from your supervisor or the Department of Human Resources verifying your employment at RBHS. If funding for your research is not being provided by RBHS, you must provide a letter from the sponsoring organization/institution stating the amount and the length of time for which the funds will be available
  • Evidence of funding for dependent spouse and children, if applicable
  • Dependents' information (if applicable) such as; passport, DS-2019, proof of marriage to a spouse and child's birth certificate

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