A DS-2019 reflects your biographical information as well as information pertaining to your program of study in the U.S. It is required for the J-1 student visa application/interview process and must be presented at the U.S. Port of Entry every time you attempt to re-enter the U.S. It is your responsibility to review all of the information on your DS-2019 for accuracy and monitor the end date; it must be accurate at all times. If you require an update (e.g., program name, financials) you must contact the Office of International Education for a new document
DS-2019 Program Start Date
You may enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the program start date indicated in item 3 of your DS-2019. If you intend to enter the U.S. after this start date, please contact the Office of international Education as you may require a new DS-2019 with an updated program start date.
DS-2019 Program End Date
You may remain in the U.S. up to 30 days beyond the program end date indicated on your current DS-2019. The 30-day grace or travel status period is intended to be a period following the end of the exchange visitor’s program and is to be used for domestic travel and/or to prepare for and depart from the U.S., and for no other purpose. You are not eligible work or to depart the U.S. and re-enter the U.S. during this grace period unless you have a new visa status to re-enter on (that allows work, if applicable).