You must keep your passport valid at all times while you are in the U.S. (unless you are exempt from passport requirements). If your passport will expire while you are still in the U.S., you must contact the embassy of your home country in order to make arrangements to have your passport extended. You will not be permitted to re-enter the U.S. with an expired passport. If you lose your passport, you should immediately take steps to have it replaced. Please contact the OISS for help.
The J-1 visa stamp in your passport permits you to enter the U.S. for a specific purpose and period of time. The visa may either be for single, double, or multiple entries. If it is authorized for single entry only, you will need to apply for a new visa in order to reenter the U.S. If the visa is authorized for two entries, you may leave and reenter the U.S. one more time as long as your Form DS-2019 is valid and travel is within the time specified on the visa. If the visa is authorized for multiple entries, you may come and go as many times as you wish, again providing that your Form DS-2019 is valid and travel is within the dates specified on the visa.
In some cases, the date of expiration on your Form DS-2019 and the expiration date on your visa stamp may not coincide. Please consult your visa stamp and note the date of expiration. If your visa expires while you are in the U.S. but your Form DS-2019 and Form I-94 are valid, your legal immigration status in the U.S. remains valid. Your visa is used for entry or reentry to the U.S. only, so there is no need to worry if it expires while you are here. It does not dictate the length of your authorized stay. That is determined by your Form DS-2019 and I-94. However, if your visa has expired and you depart the U.S., you will be required to obtain a new visa before attempting to reenter the U.S. It is not possible to renew a J-1 visa while you are within the borders of the U.S.
NOTE: If you are traveling to Canada, Mexico or adjacent islands for a period of less than 30 days, you will be permitted to reenter on an expired visa, provided that it corresponds with your current visa status and your Form I-94 and Form DS-2019 are valid.
If you change your visa status or program category within the U.S. and subsequently depart the country, you will be required to obtain a new visa in the new category before attempting to reenter the U.S., regardless of whether the previous visa is still valid.
This form was issued by your Program Sponsor for you to obtain the J-1 visa from a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. You should read and clearly understand all the information printed on your Form DS-2019. If you lose this form you should immediately request a new form from your Program Sponsor. You must carry Form DS-2019 with you if you travel outside the U.S. for any reason during your program. In addition, you must contact your Program Sponsor to have the back of your Form DS-2019 signed PRIOR TO YOUR TRAVEL or you may be denied re-entry into the U.S.
Expiration Date on Form DS-2019: The expiration date on your Form DS-2019 (Item # 3) is the date that your program in the U.S. ends (unless you complete your program objectives prior to this date). However, you have thirty (30) days from that date before you are required to leave the U.S. You may use this 30-day period to prepare for your departure, or to travel in the U.S. You are not permitted to engage in employment of any kind during this time period. You will not be permitted to reenter the U.S. if you travel outside its borders after the date listed on Form DS-2019, even if it falls within this 30-day period.