Why It’s So
visa stamp is one of the most important documents in your possession for making
entry into the US. If you do not have a valid J-1 visa stamp in your passport,
you will not be allowed to board a plane and make entry into the US in J-1
scholars will not have a machine-readable stamp placed in their passports.
cannot revalidate/obtain a visa stamp within the borders of the US. You will
need to obtain a new/extended visa stamp at a US embassy/consulate abroad. It
is generally best practice to renew your visa stamp in your country of
citizenship; however, applications can be made at any US embassy/consulate as a
third country national.
you lose your passport that contains your visa stamp, you will be required to
go through the entire process to obtain a visa stamp again; there is no
“replacement” process in place.
Scholars: The amount of time you receive on the visa stamp is determined by the
dates on Form DS-2019.
You can remain in the US on an expired visa stamp as long as you are
maintaining valid J-1 status. The visa stamp should be thought of as an entry
ticket. It does not have any bearing on your eligibility to remain in the US
once you have crossed the border.
Automatic Visa Revalidation
is an exception to the requirement of having a valid visa stamp in your
passport. If you are traveling to Canada, Mexico or the adjacent Caribbean
Islands for a trip of 30 days or less, you are not required to have a valid J1
visa stamp in your passport – provided
you have all of the rest of the appropriate documents for re-entry (valid Form
DS-2019 and passport).
if you apply for a new/revalidated visa stamp in Canada, Mexico or the adjacent
Caribbean islands, this automatically invalidates your ability to use the
automatic visa revalidation clause.