The purpose of your J-1 exchange visitor program is for cultural exchange. Signing your DS 7002 training plan means that you have agreed to complete the terms of your program.
- Check to see what the end date is on your DS-2019 Form (listed in Box 3).
- The end date listed is the last date that you are legally able to train in the U.S. No training is allowed after this date.
- Inspect your I-94 printout to make sure it is marked with “Class of Admission: J-1” and “Admit until date: D/S.”
If all the above conditions are met, then your 30 day travel period begins the day your DS-2019 Form expires. If your I-94 has a specific “Admit until Date,” you must leave the U.S. by that date. If you leave the U.S. after your program end date during your travel period, you will not be permitted to re-enter the U.S.
- Overstaying your visa can carry serious consequences which may affect your future visits to the U.S. Any attempt to remain in the U.S. (including change of status, waiver objection requests, program extensions, etc) is considered abuse of the program and will be reported to the Department of Homeland Security as required.
- Training during the 30 day travel period is strictly prohibited.
- The U.S. government requires all exchange visitors to be insured for the duration of their program. Failure to maintain insurance is a violation of your program and will result in the termination of your program even if your program has ended.