Travel Signatures and Passport Renewal (J Scholar)

A travel signature is relevant only to J-1 scholars (and their dependents) who are planning to travel abroad and return to the U.S. in J status.

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Length of Validity of Your Travel Signature

You must have an unexpired travel signature on the date you re-enter the U.S.

A travel signature on page one on your DS-2019 is valid for 12 months or until the end date on your DS-2019, whichever is earlier.

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How to Obtain a Travel Signature

Steps to transfer Your SEVIS Record to Columbia (J-1 Student)
Step 1.

Log in to Compass with your UNI and password to submit your application

The request form will prompt you to upload your most recent I-94 arrival/departure record.

Please click the appropriate link below:

Not sure of your campus? Check our campus school list.
Need help using Compass? Learn more on our Compass User Guide.

Step 2.

We will contact you

We will notify you within 5 business days by email when your new DS-2019 with an updated travel signature is ready to be mailed. You should keep all copies of your DS-2019s but travel with the most recently issued one.

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What To Do If You Have a Problem Accessing Your I-94 Record

Are you having a problem retrieving your I-94 arrival record online? You may call the immigration office at either JFK or Newark airport (regardless of where you arrived) to speak with an inspector. They can usually locate the record and make a correction to your record, if needed, while you're on the phone, so you can access and print the record.

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How to Renew Your Passport

In general, your passport should be kept unexpired for at least 6 months into the future at all times-- and 6 months from the date you will enter the United States. If, however, your country of citizenship is on this list, you may enter the U.S. using your passport until its actual expiration date.

Contact your Consulate in New York City or embassy in Washington D.C. several months before your passport's expiration date to learn what you must do to renew it.