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A J-1 scholar should maintain a valid passport at all times. Passport should be valid for at least six months into the future. U.S. Federal law does not allow a J-1 visa holder to enter the United States or to be employed in the United States if the passport is expired.
Scholars should contact their consulate in the U.S. for passport renewal information. Addresses and telephone numbers for foreign consulates in the U.S.
The J-1 entry visa stamp is issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate and allows an individual to enter/re-enter the United States. A scholar’s legal J-1 status while in the U.S. is dependent upon his/her DS-2019 form being valid or expired and not on whether the entry visa stamp in the passport is valid or expired. Scholars must have a valid entry visa stamp in their passport to re-enter the U.S. from overseas.
Canadian Citizens: Are not required to have an entry visa to enter the United States.
The Arrival-Departure Record, or Form I-94, is provided and required by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when exchange visitors arrive in the U.S. The air and sea arrival I-94 form is now electronic, and the land border I-94 form is still paper. For more information, please click here. It is recommended that exchange visitors keep the paper I-94 stapled in their passports.
REMINDER: When any of the above documents, except for the I-94, are renewed or changed, please bring the updated document to ISSS or send a copy of the updated document to ISSS.