1. Passport: Be sure that your passport is valid at least six months into the future from the day you intend to re-enter the U.S.
2. Visa: Check your visa to make sure it will be unexpired on your intended re-entry date. If you need to travel but your visa has expired, you must apply for a new visa from a U.S. Consulate/Embassy abroad. It is best to apply for a visa in your home country. If you apply in a third country, expect processing delays.
Note: Canadian citizens do not need an entry visa to enter the U.S. from Canada or another country. However, Canadians must show Form DS-2019 approval notice at the port of entry to obtain appropriate status on their I-94 Arrival/Departure Record.
3. Form DS-2019 and Travel Signature: You must have with you your original DS-2019 form. Be sure you have a valid signature dated within the last 12 months from International Scholar Services on the section marked "Travel Validation by Responsible Officer" at the bottom right of your form.
Note: J-2 dependents must each have their own DS-2019 with a valid travel signature dated within the last 12 months.
4. Financial Documentation: You must have with you evidence of your financial documentation, e.g., an NYU appointment letter, an award letter from a funding organization, or personal financial documents.