FAQs for Exchange Visitors

Chapter News, J-1 & YE | June 02, 2020

[Last updated June 2, 2020]


Travel


Please note that the FACC does not recommend any international travel during the next 30 days.

Q: Can I get my DS-2019 signed for travel validation?

A: Our office in New York is closed, so we, unfortunately, cannot sign DS-2019s for travel validation at this time. We will let you know as soon as we reopen.

Q: Can I travel outside the US and come back?

A: While you may be able to leave the United States, we cannot guarantee successful re-entry at this time. Currently, J-1 visa holders are not exempt from the current travel restrictions. If you would like to work remotely outside the United States during this period, be sure to get approval from your supervisor and let your FACC Account Manager know.

Q: What happens if I get stuck outside the US and pass the 30-day limit?

A: If you are outside the U.S. for longer than the 30-day period, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to successfully re-enter at this time. We will keep you updated as soon as we receive official guidance on this. For any more specific questions, please contact your FACC Account Manager.


New Programs


Q: When will I be able to enter the U.S?

A: The FACC has not yet received information as to when the U.S. travel restrictions will be lifted. We will notify Exchange Visitors and Host Companies as soon as we receive any additional information.

Q: When will I receive my DS-2019?

A: Since our office in New York is currently closed, please anticipate some processing delays. As soon as your file has been approved, your FACC Account Manager will send you your SEVIS and Program numbers so you can book an appointment at the embassy. Your DS-2019 will be sent out as soon as possible. Our priority is that you receive it in time for your embassy/consulate appointment.

Q: Are the U.S. embassies and consulates taking visa appointments?

A: While some embassies and consulates are scheduling appointments, we have not received official communication as to a definite opening date. We recommend that you check your local U.S. embassy’s website regularly for updates and appointment availability.

Q: Will my program be postponed again?

A: Your FACC Account Manager or your Host Company will contact you if there are any changes to the start date of your program.

Q: I was told at my appointment that my visa was approved, but then I was notified that it was refused a few days later. What should I do?

A: If you received verbal approval for your visa at the embassy or consulate, but later found out your visa was refused, contact the embassy to see how to proceed and have your files reviewed again.

Q: What happens if I have already received my visa, but it no longer covers the updated dates of my program?

A: As long as you enter the U.S. before the expiration date printed on your visa, it is not a problem. Your DS-2019 is the governing document and will have the correct program dates. Please keep in mind that if you travel outside the United States after the expiration date printed on your visa, you will need to return to a U.S. embassy to request an extended visa in order to re-enter the U.S.


Current Programs


Q: How can I extend my current program?

A: If you are not at the maximum duration, you may be able to extend your program. Check with your Host Company and FACC Account Manager to start the process.

Q: Can I extend my visa/program/grace period beyond the max duration?

A: The Department of State has recently notified sponsors of the possibility of extending current programs past the maximum duration of 12 or 18 months. We will be in touch with your Host Company soon with details.

Q: My supervisor has changed/left the company. What should I do?

A: Please contact your FACC Account Manager if your supervisor has changed. We will contact your Host Company to ensure that you are supervised during your program.


For questions regarding your application, program or trainee, please contact your account manager or coordinator@faccnyc.org.