United States Port of Entry Inspection – When you arrive at a U.S. port of entry, you and any dependents will go through an immigration and customs inspection with a Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer. During the inspection, you will be asked to describe the purpose of your visit and provide documentation to support your entry. Make sure to hand-carry the following documents to present to the CBP officer:
- Your and your dependents’ passports
- Your and your dependents’ Form DS-2019s
- Your invitation letter from DIS/NIH
- Evidence of your relationship with your dependents (marriage or birth certificate)
More information about what to expect is available on the
Passport Admission Stamp – Once admitted to the U.S., the CBP Officer will provide you an “immigration status” by stamping your passport (and any dependents' passports) with your J-1 or J-2 immigration status, date of entry, port of entry, and any special conditions that may apply to your stay. The admission stamp should be marked as “D/S,” or “Duration of Status,” meaning that you can remain in the U.S. until the end date (or “to” date) on your DS-2019.
Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record – Your admission information is also used to generate your
electronic Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record which you will need to print for your records. Your Form I-94 will be marked, “D/S,” matching your admission stamp. See the DIS
Form I-94 Handout for more details.