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J-1 Travel Signatures

If you are a J-1 exchange visitor and you plan to travel outside the United States during your time at Cornell, you need a DS-2019 to enter and reenter the country. An advisor in the Office of Global Learning signs your DS-2019 to verify that you are eligible to travel. This is called a travel signature.  

Your Travel Signature is Valid for 12 Months 

When you first arrived at Cornell, you attended a mandatory orientation session. At that session, one of our advisors signed your original DS-2019 to permit travel in and out of the United States for one year.  

If you will be at Cornell for longer than a year, we will give you a new travel signature along with your J-1 extension. If you have questions about your travel signature, contact the Office of Global Learning.  

Other Visa Types Don’t Need Travel Signatures 

You don’t need to worry about travel signatures if your visa type is H-1B, O-1, TN, or E-3.

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