Your passport, visa and immigration status have different purposes and requirements allowing you to enter and stay in the U.S. It is important that you maintain valid documents and status during your time in the U.S.
Lost or stolen immigration documents
If your passport or visa is lost or stolen and you are in the U.S.:
Go to the local police station and report your document(s) lost or stolen. If you have copies of your documents, bring them with you. Keep a copy of the police report detailing the incident for your records.
You must request a replacement of your passport from your local embassy or consulate in the U.S. of your country of citizenship. Each country has a different procedure. Consult your home country's embassy or consulate for more details on what to do next.
If your visa stamp is lost or stolen when you are in the U.S., you can reside in the U.S. and continue your studies as long as you are maintaining your immigration status.
Report your visa stamp lost or stolen, email the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside the U.S. which issued your visa. The next time you travel outside of the U.S., you must apply for a new visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. Visas cannot be replaced in the U.S.
If your passport or visa is lost or stolen and you are outside of the U.S.:
Consult your country of citizenship's ministry of foreign or consular affairs to determine how to apply for a replacement of your passport. Each country has a different procedure.
Report your visa stamp lost or stolen to the U.S. consulate or embassy that issued your visa for the next steps. For a replacement, you will need to apply in person at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.
If your DS-2019 is lost, damaged, or stolen, submit a Replacement of DS-2019 for Scholars eForm via the ISSC eForm Portal. If your DS-2019 is not issued by ASU, please contact your J-1 program sponsor for the replacement of your DS-2019. If your document is stolen, you may be asked to provide a police incident report.