I came to US on Work&Travel program for students. My visa J1 expired but somebody told me that if i when at the border drove stamp on the form I-94 and wrote DS (Date Suspended), just so I'm reportedly still legal despite the fact that my J1 visa expired.
It means "Duration of Status." This means that you are in legal status so long as you are still properly complying with the terms your your J1 visa, even if the visa itself has expired. A visa expiration determines the last date you may enter the country. The I94 controls how long you may stay.
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I agree - the I-94 controls your status, the visa itself just controls your entry, and D/S means "duration of status" (frequently used for programs that may not have a clear ending date - as long as you are still in the program that you came in for, you continue to be in valid status). If you have interruptions in your participation in the program though, or if you violated the terms of your status in any way, you may wish to consult an attorney directly to discuss your status and your options. Good luck!
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Mr. Maina is correct.
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