Documents you need to bring with you, have while your in the the United States and for your reference can be found here.
- All of your documents and identification must contain your correct personal information.
- Documents may not be expired or contain misspelled information.
- Make two copies of your paperwork and leave the spare set with your parents or other emergency contact.
- We recommend keeping all of these documents in your personal possession such as your carry-on bag.
- You will need most of them to pass through Customs!
You need a valid passport to enter the U.S. and to return home. Make sure it won’t expire before the end of your program. If you require a new passport, apply for one as soon as possible as it can take several weeks.
You need a valid J-1 visa to enter the U.S. To obtain a J-1, you’ll have to first have a DS2019 which enables you to interview with the U.S. Consulate in your home country. If approved, you will be issued a J-1 visa. There may be conditions regarding your ability to travel: an “M” in your visa means you can enter the U.S. multiple times while an “S” means you can only enter once. Don’t lose or give away your visa!
A DS2019 enables you to interview with the U.S. Consulate in your home country for a J-1 visa. This form is issued by United Studies as we are your program sponsor. Be sure to verify all your information is correct as soon as you receive this form.
You must have a valid offer of employment signed by both you and your future employer.
The Department of State’s “Student and Exchange Visitor Information System” produces your DS2019 and a receipt once processed successfully. You need this when you go to your visa interview.
You may have received this form on the flight between your home country and the U.S. You must have this form to apply for a Social Security card. If not provided a form on your flight, you must obtain one online. Visit the I-94 website and provide the requested information. You will need your Passport. Don’t lose this card!
Customs Form 6059B
You will receive this form on the flight between your home country and the U.S. You will need to complete it before landing in the U.S. and turn it in to Customs.