Is the J-1 visa stamp in your passport valid beyond the date you plan to re-enter the United States? If not, you must apply for a new visa while you are abroad. We strongly advise you to carry the following documents with you when applying for a new visa at a U.S. consulate:
- An Official Transcript issued by the registrar
- An Enrollment Certificate issued by the registrar
- A valid DS-2019 issued and signed by OIS or your program sponsor
- Current financial documentation: documents indicating the source(s) and amount(s) of financial support for your study in the current academic year. This must match the information listed on your DS-2019.
Note: if you intend to apply for a new U.S. visa in Canada or Mexico and are not a resident of either country, please discuss your plans with an OIS advisor.
See also the U.S. Department of State’s website on information for nonimmigrants present in the United States, and visiting Canada or Mexico.
If you need to apply for a new U.S. visa, visit the Department of State’s U.S. embassies and consulates website for an updated list of visa application locations.