You do not need authorization from IFSS to travel within the U.S.
You should carry copies of your passport biographical and visa stamp pages, DS-2019, and most recent I-94 record when you are travelling outside of the Madison area.
You do not need to carry your immigration documents within the Madison area.
A travel endorsement or signature by a J-1 specialist is required on your DS-2019 if you are travelling internationally during your J-1 program. This travel signature is required for re-entry to the U.S.
Once your DS-2019 has a travel endorsement, you may use the signature to travel internationally for 6 months from the date of the endorsement. When the signature expires, you must submit another request through Terra Dotta.
To enter the United States after a temporary trip abroad, you will need your:
- Passport (valid for 6 months or longer from the date of entry)
- Valid J-1 visa stamp
- DS-2019 signed for travel by IFSS within the last 6 months
- Travel signatures (endorsements) are requested through Terra Dotta.
Depending on where you travel, you may be able to enter the U.S. using automatic visa revalidation.
If your J-1 visa stamp has expired and you want to travel internationally, you must obtain another J-1 visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy outside the U.S. before you can re-enter the United States. IFSS recommends you travel to your country of citizenship or permanent residency in order to obtain a new visa stamp.
Processing times vary greatly among the different consulates, so please plan accordingly. To check current visa interview and processing times at a specific U.S. Consulate, consult the Department of State’s website.
Please note that the wait times listed do not include any delays that may occur as a result of background or security checks. It is highly recommended to contact the consulate or embassy you plan to visit to get the most accurate information.
Travel with an expired visa using Automatic Visa Revalidation (AVR) is permitted when you travel to a contiguous territory (Canada, Mexico, and certain Caribbean Islands) for 30 days or less. You do not need to apply for a U.S. visa stamp to return to the U.S. if you only visit these countries during your travel for 30 days or less. You will need to present the following documents in order to re-enter the United States using AVR:
- Expired J-1 visa stamp
- DS-2019 signed for travel within the last 6 months
- I-94 record