En route to the United States, you will receive a small white card on the airplane, which is called an “I-94 card.” This document is an official immigration document, and should remain in your passport for the duration of your stay in the United States. The I-94 card in combination with the United States visa stamp and a valid passport secure your entry into the United States. You must have all of these documents with you when you arrive in the United States.

When you enter the United States, an immigration official at the airport will process your papers and return the DS 2019 form to you. Keep your passport, I-94 card, and the copy of your DS 2019 form together in a safe place once you arrive in the United States. These documents are proof of your immigration status.

After your arrival in Madison, please make photocopies of the following documents:

  • DS-2019
  • I-94 arrival/departure card
  • Passport identity and expiry pages
  • J-1 visa stamp

Bring these copies to the visa portion of the Exchange Orientation.

More information on how to apply for a visa can be found on the International Student Services (ISS) webpage.

Academic Training

Students who are interested in Academic Training (a period of employment authorization for J-1 students) after the completion of their exchange should review the ISS J-1 Employment webpage for more details.

Health Insurance

Please visit the International Academic Programs (IAP) Exchange-Insurance website for more information.