Welcome to UGA!. J-1 Scholar Orientation International Student, Scholar, & Immigration Services Sylvia Schell Assistant Director. What is a J-1 Exchange Visitor. A foreign national temporarily in the U.S. under the U.S. Department of State
J-1 Scholar Orientation
International Student, Scholar, & Immigration Services
A foreign national temporarily in the U.S. under the U.S. Department of State
Purpose: Educational and Cultural Exchange (Not employment, although incidental employment is ok)
Expectation: Return to home country at end of program
Each category has its own rules and regulations.
*Changes of category require approval from DOS and are rarely granted.
Check in with your Academic Department
Obtain UGA ID Card at UGA Card Office
Obtain UGA MyID. https://myid.uga.edu
If you receive payment or funding from UGA, Contact Susan Caldwell email@example.com
Complete New Employee Orientation
Sign Up for Health Insurance
Parking Permit with Parking Services
Post Doc Association: Contact Jessica Hawks - firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Open Bank Account
Obtain Social Security Number & Driver’s License
Check out ‘New to Campus’ at newtocampus.uga.edu
Student Exchange Visitor Information System
The internet-based system streamlines reporting and record keeping within the Department of Homeland Security & Department of State
SEVIS ID number is assigned to all exchange visitors and their dependents within SEVIS that appears on the Form DS-2019
Generated by your Program Sponsor via SEVIS
Shows you have been accepted to participate in an exchange visitor program designated by the U.S. Department of State
Determines what date you are allowed to enter the U.S. and what date you should depart the U.S.
Should remain valid at all times
visitor is granted entry to the
Visa is placed in an individual’s passport and allows the person to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission to enter the U.S. Inspecting Officer will determine eligibility for entry into the U.S.
Obtaining a visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S.
Used for entry purposes only
Does not need to be valid to remain in the U.S.
Ok if it expires in U.S.
Does not determine legal status in U.S.
Must be obtained OUTSIDE the U.S.
Official identification while in the U.S.
Name in passport should be the same on all immigration documents
Should always have at least 6 months of validity
Comply with Health Insurance Requirements for self & dependents
Check-In with ISSIS- SEVIS Record is Validated
Attend ISSIS Orientation
Depart from US in a timely manner
Engage ONLY in activities listed on DS-2019
No Unauthorized Employment
Comply with all Local, State, and Federal Laws
Keep Passport current for at least 6 months in the future
Report Address Changes within 10 days of the move date
File timely & appropriate transfers & extensions
J1 Exchange Visitor Transfer Out Request Form
The Notice of Departure form is located on our website:
J1 Exchange Visitor Departure FormDeparture Form
For re-entry into the United States, the
exchange visitor needs:
Temporary Absences – contact OIE before leaving
U.S. for extended period of time
* YOU WILL RECEIVE A NEW I-94 NUMBER EACH TIME YOU ENTER THE U.S., and can print your I-94 record at www.cbp.gov/i94*
Extensions are obtained for exchange visitors through the sponsoring department. Proper paperwork must be submitted to ISSIS 30 days before the end date of the J program
A professor or research scholar can be sponsored by UGA for a maximum period of five years
A short-term scholar program is limited to 6 months in duration. NO extensions granted
A specialist is limited to 1 year in duration. No extension granted
Your department will be required to initiate the extension request at Departmental Information for Hiring or Hosting a J-1 Exchange Visitor
Repeat Participation As A Professor or Research Scholar
Exchange visitors with family members (spouse and/or children under the age of 21) may be eligible to have those family members accompany them during their stay
Dependents of J Exchange Visitors are granted J-2 status and are required to have a separate Form DS-2019 issued in order to apply for a J2 visa stamp
Dependents are required to carry health insurance meeting specific requirements as outlined in the insurance information.
Minor J2 dependents are allowed to attend kindergarten through high school. Adult J-2 dependents can study full or part-time
Dependents are subject to the Two Year Home Residency Requirement – 212(e) along with the J-1
Dependents are eligible to apply for work authorization once they arrive in the U.S. by filing an I-765 with the USCIS. Information can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov under immigration forms.
Room 204 Business Services Building
This listserv is for scholars and UGA departmental faculty and staff.
Updated immigration and general information is sent out as needed.
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Tuesday 2 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday 2 pm – 4 pm
Thursday 9 am – 11 am
Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges
U.S. Department of State
301 4th Street, S.W., Room 734
Washington, D.C. 20547
Fax 202 203-5087
Office of International EducationInternational Student Scholar & Immigration Services1324 South Lumpkin StreetAthens, GA 30602
Phone: (706) 542-2900Fax: (706) 583-0123