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Travel Signature Request Form


Only Responsible Officers (ARO/RO), registered with the U.S. Department of State, are authorized to sign a DS-2019. Members of the International Faculty & Scholar Office staff are ARO/RO. If the DS-2019 was issued by another institution, then only that institution’s Responsible Officers may offer a travel signature. You can still receive advice and support, however, from the UC San Diego International Faculty & Scholar Office.

Important Travel Warning

Following UCOP’s nonessential travel restrictions directive, IFSO encourages international scholars to refrain from international travel when possible. The COVID-19 situation is dynamic, with international travel bans occurring with little notice. 


VACCINE: all international nonimmigrant air arrivals must have evidence of being fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine. All arrivals through land port of entry must be able to provide proof of being fully vaccinated.

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Working from outside the U.S.: If you have plans to work for UCSD while outside the U.S., please consult with offices relevant to your position title (Office of Postdoctoral and Research Scholar Affairs, Academic Personnel Services, etc.) as well as the Export Control Office. There may be restrictions and policies that could affect your situation.



This form is required for J-1 scholars requesting a travel signature on the Form DS-2019. If J-2 dependents also require a travel signature, this can be indicated in one form submission and we will issue signatures for the J-1 and J-2 dependents.

Step 1) Complete the form below.

Step 2)  Please allow for allow for five business days for IFSO processing (plus shipping time). Once the DS-2019 is ready, We will send you an email confirmation and provide it to you using the FedEx Label provided or have it available for in person pickup. 
  • FedEx Label - Submit shipping label for IFSO use to ship the signed DS-2019 to you 
    • The department must pay for the shipping for Postdoc positions, please contact your department to submit a label to IFSO. 


  • Pickup in person - IFSO is hosting walk-in pickups Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) between 9:00am and 4:00pm at IFSO's Office Location, 214 University Center. IFSO will send a confirmation once the document becomes available for pick up, no appointment is necessary.

Step 3) Consult with your advisor about your travel plans.