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Digital Signatures for form DS-2019

OIS is pleased to implement digital signatures on all DS-2019 forms, effective October 1, 2023! This service improvement was made possible by recent guidance from the U.S. Department of State allowing J-1 program sponsors to digitally sign and electronically transmit DS-2019 forms. Also, effective October 1, 2023, OIS will no longer use USPS first-class or express mail service delivery for hard-copy DS-2019 forms containing handwritten signatures. This change completely eliminates the often-unpredictable delivery times required for express mail service and USPS first-class mail, allowing OIS to serve you more quickly. J-1 Exchange Visitors will also see financial savings with the elimination of all express mail costs, as well as frustrations associated with lost or misdirected mail. We are positive you will love this change!

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