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Travel

All scholars traveling abroad need to make sure they check the validity dates on their immigration documents to ensure everything is in order. If you have any questions, please see an OISS advisor.

J-1 Scholars
Verify the following prior to travel:
1. Passport, valid at least 6 months into the future
2. Recent travel endorsement on the DS-2019 (endorsement should be from the current semester)
3. Valid visa stamp

 

Procedure for Requesting Travel Endorsement or Letter of Support
1. All letter requests should be made through our online Letter Request Form.
2. Turn around time for processing travel endorsements or letter is one business day - please do not leave your requests until the last minute, as they may not be processed in time.

Visa Stamp Renewal
If your visa stamp has expired and you are traveling outside the US, you may need to apply for a visa stamp renewal. Be sure to schedule an appointment with an OISS advisor to discuss your case and to request a Visa Renewal Letter of Support.

Automatic Revalidation
If you are traveling to Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean Islands and your visa stamp has expired, you may be able to use automatic revalidation to re-enter the US without renewing your visa stamp.

Additional Resources:
Travel Advisories
US Embassies/Consulates 
New I-94 Process for Customs & Border Protection