J-1 | Travel Abroad
When traveling outside the United States, you need to have in your possession the proper documents to return and resume your studies.
These documents are:
- DS-2019 signed by RO/ARO (ISSS advisor if KU-sponsored) for travel
- Current passport valid for at least six months after the date of your reentry
- Current, valid J-1 visa
Also, upon departure from the United States, you will need to turn in your current I-94 card (unless you are traveling to Canada or Mexico and automatic revalidation of visa applies).
Please remember to bring your DS-2019 to the ISSS office to obtain a travel signature. Please plan to leave your document with ISSS for two business days. For example, if you drop it off Friday, or will be ready Tuesday.
Contact your home country's embassy or consulate to renew it.
You may only apply for a new visa from outside of the U.S. Please visit the website of the particular U.S. consulate post where you intend to apply for the visa for specific requirements of that post. Links to U.S. consulates and embassies worldwide can be accessed at usembassy.state.gov.
Hacking Incident Spring 2003
Due to the computer hacking incident of spring 2003, it is recommended that you obtain a permanent ISSS travel letter to help verify your identity when reentering the U.S. A travel letter request form is available. If you were not a student or an admitted student at that time, this does not apply to you. If you are uncertain whether or not this situation applies to you, ISSS front desk staff can assist you in making this determination. Please allow one week for preparation of the letter.