PI Advice

PI Advice



For those under the Visa J-1 program, PI 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 US territory.

Documents you will need during your trip:

  • Valid Passport with J-1 visa
  • Form DS-2019
  • Form DS-7002 or Training Plan
  • Your U.S. residence or temporary housing address and phone number  

Advice: Make two copies of your passport, Form DS-2019 and J-1 visa. Take one with you and leave one at home.

Scheduling your trip to the U.S.: We recommend that you arrive to the US at least 2-3 days before the start of your J-1 Visa Trainee/Internship Program. This will allow you time to settle into your new environment. 

Flight: Placement International does not recommend that you buy your flight tickets before your visa has been granted as U.S. embassy delays may vary.

Money: You are required to bring at least the amount of funds listed on your Form DS-2019 with you to the US. 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 research the area you are traveling to for information about the climate and typical weather conditions. Remember you need to have all travel documents on you. We recommend that you keep your valuables such as your documents, smartphone, money, laptop and camera in your carry-on luggage.

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