For those under the Visa J-1 Program, VISA J-1 provides you with International Medical and Accident Insurance for the period stated on your Form DS-2019. You are responsible for arranging your own insurance coverage for any additional period of time for which you remain on U.S. territory.
Documents you will need during your travel:
- Valid Passport with your J-1 visa stamp
- DS-2019 Form
- Training Plan
- Participant Handbook
- Medical Insurance Policy Card
- Your U.S. residence address
Advice: Make two copies of your passport, DS-2019 Form and J-1 Visa. Take one with you and leave one at home.
Housing: Visa J-1 will assist you with locating suitable accommodations prior to your arrival.
Scheduling your travel to the U.S. : Visa J-1 recommends you to arrive to the U.S. at least 2 or 3 days before the beginning of your Trainee/Internship Program. This will allow you with some time to settle down into your new environment.
Money: You are required to bring at least the amount of funds listed on your Form DS-2019 with you to the U.S. This amount is $1,200 or higher. You should plan on a minimum budget of at least $1,000 per month to cover rent, food, personal expenses, etc.
Packing Advice: We suggest you to research the area you are traveling to for information about the forecast and typical weather conditions. Remember: You need to have all your travel documents with you. Also: we recommend that you keep your valuables such as money, laptop and camera inside your carry-on luggage.