J-1 Exchange Visitors must understand and adhere to the rules governing maintenance of status. OVIS works closely with our J-1 student and scholar populations to monitor data reported in SEVIS, advise students, scholars and other Exchange Visitors on maintaining valid status including reporting obligations, travel and employment restrictions, and to communicate changing policy and regulations. J-1 Exchange Visitors are responsible for understanding and following the rules and regulations governing their J-1 status, as well as J-2 status for accompanying family members.
To maintain J-1 nonimmigrant status, you must:
- Maintain valid passport, Form DS-2019 with travel signature, and I-94 record of arrival throughout duration of J-1 program.
- Pursue the stated research/teaching or other authorized activity of your J-1 program.
- Do not engage in unauthorized employment. Unauthorized employment will result in termination of the J-1 record.
- Notify OVIS of any change of address and/or telephone number within 10 days of the change.
- Notify OVIS of any change in your site of activity, funding, or program dates.
- Follow correct procedures for shortening or extending your exchange visitor program, or transferring to another J-1 program in the U.S.
- Maintain sufficient health insurance coverage for yourself and any dependent J-2 family members for the duration of your J-1 program.
- Follow the rules for the grace period following the end of your J-1 program.
You can find more information on the Department of State's J-1 website.