Great question! U.S. immigration can be increasingly difficult to navigate, so we want to take this opportunity to remind you of the following tips for both J-1 and J-2 travel to avoid delays and confusion:

  • Keep color copies of your passport ID page and immigration documents (DS-2019, I-94 forms) in your purse or wallet.
  • J-2 dependents should keep their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with them at all times along with DS-2019 form(s) and I-94 documents. 
  • Take a snapshot on your smartphone of your passport photo page. Save the photos to your phone's password-protected Favorites folder for easy access.
  • Be sure your DS-2019 form's travel validation signature is up-to-date at all times, and that you take all DS-2019 forms that you have ever been issued when traveling outside of the U.S. The DS-2019 form's signature is valid for one year from the date that it was last signed.
  • When traveling out of the country, carry 2 months’ of paystubs proving income with you. 

Note that these recommendations apply to all foreign nationals, not only to J-1 visa holders. If you have concerns or questions please contact Teacher Resources at teacherresources@participate.com.

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