J-1 students are required to provide valid immigration documents when you enter the United States and maintain valid immigration documents throughout your stay here in the U.S.
We recommend carrying original immigration documents whenever you travel outside of Buffalo.
Identification document issued by one’s country of citizenship that certifies an individual’s legal identity and nationality.
Legal document issued by a U.S. school through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) SEVIS database. The DS-2019 confirms acceptance to an institution for a full course of study and proof of sufficient funds for the program.
Keep copies of all DS-2019s that are issued to you as they are required to document maintenance of status and may be requested for future benefit applications.
The visa is a stamp that the U.S. consular officer placed on a page in your passport. The visa permits you to apply for admission to the U.S. as a J-1 exchange visitor and does not need to remain valid while you are in the U.S. (Canadian citizens do not have visa stamps.)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers create an I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to document the admission of international visitors at the U.S port of entry, or in some instances a Pre-Clearance location abroad.
The arrival record indicates a visitor’s basic demographic information; entry port and date; class of admission (e.g., J1), and Admit Until Date (D/S: Duration of Status for J-1 students).
You should download, save, and print a copy of your I-94 on the CBP website. Whenever you enter the US, you should save a copy of your I-94 for your records and review your I-94 every time you re-enter the U.S. to confirm that your entry was recorded properly. Sometimes Customs and Border Protection makes mistakes that require correction. If you find that your I-94 information is incorrect, please contact ISS.