Form DS-2019

DS 2019

Form DS-2019 is mailed to you from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after you have accepted an offer of employment. The form clarifies what you are pursuing in the US with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and approximately how long your program will last.  

If your program position or duties change, please let the Office of International Services know. The changes can easily be made in the SEVIS system, and your program dates can be adjusted. 

If the form is lost, stolen or damaged, it can easily be replaced by the Center for International Services. 

End Dates 

Please be aware of the end date listed on Form DS-2019. Your end date is negotiable, if you need more time to complete your program or would like to transition your program to another level of study, this can easily be done. Just be sure to notify Office of International Services in writing prior to the end date on your current forms. 

J-1 Scholars: You have a 30-day grace period after the end date on your Form DS-2019 that allows you to remain in the US for travel, packing up, etc. Once the 30 days is up, you should be looking to exit the US unless you are changing your status or will be attending another US institution. 

Travel Validation Signature

You will need to have your Form DS-2019 validated for travel by a representative from the Office of International Services. The signature is valid for one year from the date listed, and you can have this signed at any time. Before any international travel, please be sure to check this signature to ensure it is valid and will still be valid when you return. 

In the past you could generally enter the US without this signature (with a warning from the border patrol agents to have it signed within the next 30 days); however, CPB has become more strict with its regulations. Failure to have this signature now may result in being sent to secondary for additional questioning. Secondary questioning can delay you up to three hours, so always be sure you check that signature and get it updated if necessary prior to departure from the US.

Quick Reference

Pamela Redmond
Immigration Specialist


M-F, 10 am - 5 pm
Office of International Services
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27407
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