Reentry to the United States
What to Expect
When reentering the United States, you will be instructed to present to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer the specific documents pertaining to your citizenship and eligibility to reenter the United States in J-1 or J-2 visa status. Refer to Required Documents for further information. Make sure that upon entry to the United States you are issued Form I-94 (the Arrival/Departure Record) in either paper or electronic format. Form I-94 is issued by a CBP Officer to foreign visitors entering the United States. As of April 30, 2013, most Arrival/Departure records are created electronically at U.S. ports-of-entry. Foreign visitors will not receive a paper copy at the port-of-entry, however, brochures with instructions for accessing and printing a copy of an electronically issued Form I-94 are generally available at U.S. ports-of-entry. The exception to the new electronic Form I-94 is at land border ports-of-entry where CBP still issues the paper Form I-94. Land border ports-of-entry are road and rail crossings on a land border between the United States and Canada, and the United States and Mexico.
If your Form I-94 is marked to reflect a visa status other than J-1 (or J-2) or contains a specific end date instead of “D/S” for Duration of Status, politely ask the officer to correct the card to reflect “J-1 D/S” (or “J-2 D/S” for dependents). If you are not able to have your Form I-94 corrected by the officer, notify ECFMG immediately for further information on how to correct Form I-94.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security has published a page on its website that provides thorough and helpful information on what a foreign visitor can expect upon reentry to the United States and the necessary documents she/he must provide.
Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM)
Many physicians are required to comply with the entry and exit requirements of the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) when traveling through a U.S. port-of-entry.
Upon arrival in the United States, persons seeking to enter in any nonimmigrant classification may be subject to an inkless fingerprinting process and a digital photograph.
If exit procedures are in place at your chosen port of departure, you may be required to have your fingerprints, photographs, and travel documents re-scanned so that the exit may be recorded. This is usually done at a self-service kiosk.
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