The J-1 scholar must take care during his/her stay in the US to maintain lawful J-1 status, as failure to do so can have serious short-term and long-term consequences.
Points to remember:
- Maintain a valid passport at all times. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months into the future.
- Depart by the date indicated on your I-94. Do not overstay, be sure to request an extension if you will need to stay beyond the date indicated on your I-94.
- Report a change of address within 10 days of the change by updating your address and submit your AR-11 to the address indicated.
- Report any life event that may affect your immigration status such as birth of a child, marriage, change of legal name or divorce.
- Report your program completion to ISSS to shorten your SEVIS record.
Specific points for J-1 Exchange Visitors
- Comply with Baylor's and federal health insurance requirements for J-1 scholars and all accompanying dependents. See the health insurance requirements below. Willful disregard of these requirements will result in termination of the J-1 program and his/her legal J-1 status in the US.
- Keep Form DS-2019 current. Do not let it expire and make sure all the information on your DS-2019 is accurate and valid. Obtain a new DS-2019 whenever any information has changed.
- Obtain a travel endorsement on your DS-2019 from the Office of International Students and Scholars before traveling. It is not necessary if you are returning home permanently. A DS-2019 is no longer valid for re-entry once you complete the program listed on your DS-2019, even if it has not expired.
- Make sure the I-94 card is always marked "J-1" and "D/S". It is much harder to correct errors once you leave the immigration inspection site (airport). If your I-94 card contains any errors by the immigration officer, immediately contact ISSS.
- Never work off-campus unless you have current work authorization from an ISSS advisor or DHS (Department of Homeland Security). You must have a letter authorizing you to engage in incidental employment or consultations at other employers. All off-campus employment has a beginning and ending date.
- Apply for an extension if you cannot complete your program before the completion date on your DS-2019. No extension is allowed after the expiration date of the DS-2019 and you will have to apply for reinstatement with the Department of Homeland Security if you stay beyond the expiration date without an extension granted on time.
- J-1 visa holders are granted a 30-day grace period to depart the US upon completion of their program as listed on their DS-2019. No work is allowed during the grace period.