visas – Traveling internationally (outside US) during pending J1 transfer


Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, I am currently outside of the US, but still work for my US institution. I find conflicting information regarding the possibility to do a J1-transfer, while being outside of the US.

Is it possible to transfer a J1 visa while being outside of the US?

View 1:
https://ap.washington.edu/ahr/visas/j1/transfer/

If an Exchange Visitor leaves the US then seeks to return under the sponsorship of a new exchange visitor program, this would be viewed as a “new entry,” not a “transfer,” and therefore all the rules and procedures for beginning a new program would apply including possible bars on repeat participation in J-1 status.

View 2 (possible, but discouraged):
https://isso.ucsf.edu/j-1-program-transfer

Exiting and Re-Entering the U.S. while transfer is pending
While the transfer is pending, travel outside the USA is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. If emergency travel is necessary, consult ISSO immediately for assistance.

Thank you for your help!