This page has information for J-1 scholars first arriving in the United States and transportation options for getting to your final destination in Oregon.

Travel Plan Reminders

Important things to remember when booking your incoming flight to the US:

  • Book your flight after your US visa is confirmed.
  • J visa holders may not enter the US more than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on their DS-2019 (Box #3).
  • The nearest airports to the Corvallis campus are Portland International Airport (PDX) and Eugene Airport (EUG).
    • The Portland Airport is a large international airport with many international flights and is approximately 1.5 hours from Corvallis.
    • The Eugene Airport is a small airport with only a few domestic flights available and is approximately 1 hour from Corvallis. From either airport, you can arrange transportation to Corvallis.
  • If you are located at an Extension Service location which is not on the Corvallis campus, contact your sponsor for information about the closest airport and transportation options.
  • Inform the Office of International Services and your sponsor of your arrival and schedule your attendance for the mandatory check-in and orientation meeting in IP Connect. 
  • If you cannot attend by the Program Start Date on your DS-2019, contact OIS immediately.
  • Some programs are not located on the Corvallis campus but may be in other locations in Oregon at OSU extension locations

Important things to remember when booking your return flight out of the US:

  • J visa holders have a 30 day grace period following the Program End Date on the DS-2019 or the completion of the program (whichever comes sooner) to prepare to depart the US.
  • After the J-1 scholar's program has completed and the scholars leaves the US during the grace period, scholars will not be able to reenter the US on an expired DS-2019 or J visa. If you plan to travel in and out of America following your J program you may need to apply for a visitor visa or Visa Waiver Program in order to reenter the US.
  • J-2 dependents may not stay in the US after the primary J-1 scholar departs.

Getting to OSU

Information on getting to and from Portland International Airport to Corvallis, Oregon. Scholars at extension locations should contact their program sponsor on travel options.

Entering the U.S. Border

Information provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on travel information, prohibited items, taffifs and taxes.