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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 rapidly expanding international travel bans occurring with little notice. Please also note that there are also travel restrictions due to the global pandemic. 

Travel Restrictions Summary

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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) 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. 

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

Note: Allow five business days for processing plus shipping time.