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​Visiting Scientists
J-1 Travel

We understand that many scientists want to travel internationally. International travel by foreign national trainees and employees must be considered very carefully. If you choose to travel internationally, refer to our COVID webpage (“Travel Guidance” section) for additional information.

If you need a travel signature from DIS on your Form DS-2019, refer to Document Pickup & Travel Signatures.

Travel, whether for personal or professional reasons, can be an exciting adventure or a stressful challenge. So before you catch an airplane to speak at a conference, book reservations for your perfect vacation, or take a trip home to visit family, make sure that you consider the immigration side of traveling and find the answers to your questions ahead of time. Use the resources on this page to learn the correct documents you will need to reenter the United States and to make sure you are up to date on recent updates, such as the current I-94 form. If you will be renewing your visa, please refer to the handouts and our poster on the visa adjudication process.

Please contact DIS several weeks before traveling if you have any travel-related questions so that we can help your traveling experience go as smoothly as possible.


J-1/J-2 DIS Travel Tool 

Revised 10/2021

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Service Hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm EST
Non-FTE Check-In/EOD:
Monday By 11:30am
(in local time zone of lab)
Advising Services:
Document Pickup and Travel Signatures​​​​​​​​​​
Badge Validation:​​​​​​​​​​