I bought my ticket to go back to my country according to my DS2019 dates, which expired on Dec 20 (so my grace period would be until Jan 20), but later I received another DS2019 from my sponsor with a new expiration, this time on Dec 12 (grace period = Jan 12) but I leave on the 15th, 3 days after this new grace period ends. I tried to contact my sponsor but they won't answer and to change my ticket is too expensive at this point. If I leave 3 days after my grace period is over, will I have a problem with that? Will I be able to come back at another time? Besides the J1 visa I also have a tourism visa.

  • "will I have a problem with that?" A problem with what, exactly?
    – user102008
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 3:58
  • Just to clarify: your sponsor changed the ending date of your DS-2019 to an earlier date? Do you still have the old DS-2019 form? Does it still have the same SEVIS number?
    – DCTLib
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 8:44
  • yes, to an earlier date. I still have the old DS and both have the same SEVIS numer
    – Pedro
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 17:31
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    user102008 with the fact that I am leaving 3 days after my grace period. In other words, if I decide later to apply for an employment visa or something, will I have more chances to be denied the visa? Even if I try to come back as a tourist, will that be compromised?
    – Pedro
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 17:34
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    and to return, even as a tourist? Is there a chance after I get here they will send me back from the airport?
    – Pedro
    Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 21:34

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For any Visa related problems, you must feel free to contact "INS - Immegration and Naturalization Services" of US Govt.

I am sure they would understand that your intention can not be any violation in staying just 3 days more and they will allow you officially to extend it to 3 days. Better to get permission than to keep guessing how much will you damage your reputation as rule abiding visitor.

They do have fax numbers and you can keep a copy when you depart in case you have not received reply in-time.

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    Especially by showing the original form that shows that you made a good-faith effort to comply with the rules. Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 21:41
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    INS has not existed for more than a decade
    – user102008
    Commented Feb 27, 2015 at 10:35

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