Your passport, issued by your country of citizenship, should always be valid at least six months into the future at the time of your arrival into the U.S.
Form DS-2019: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status
The form DS-2019 is a U.S. Dept. of State (DOS) document which the Office of Global Services issues to you for the purpose of obtaining exchange visitor status under the sponsorship of New York University. DO NOT use another institution’s DS-2019 for entry to the U.S. Upon entry to the U.S. or upon a transfer, extension, or change of status, you should always be given an original DS2019.
You may remain in the U.S. for the duration of your status as an exchange visitor, which means until the end date shown in #3 of your DS-2019 PLUS a 30-day grace period during which you may prepare to leave or travel within the U.S. During the 30-day grace period, you are NOT allowed to work for wages, or leave and return to the U.S.
Dependent family members in J-2 status are each issued their own DS-2019 forms. Individuals should retain all original DS-2019 forms for travel purposes and for their own records.
Please sign and date page 1 of the form at the bottom.