Maintaining J-1 Status


As a J-1 student, you have been admitted to Dartmouth College for a specific period of time to engage in a very particular academic activity as indicated on your Form DS-2019. Keeping this in mind, you must do the following in order to maintain your J-1 immigration status:

  • Begin program by program start date on Form DS-2019 and check-in with J-1 program sponsor for SEVIS program validation
  • Maintain valid passport, Form DS-2019 and travel signature
  • Engage only in activities appropriate to the J-1 sub-category and the specific program
  • Do not engage in any unauthorized employment
  • Maintain health insurance coverage that meets U.S. Department of State requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependent family members for duration of program
  • Report address and program change to J-1 program sponsor/ARO within 10 days of change
  • Follow the rules for the J-1 grace period
  • Follow proper procedures for shortening of program, extension of program, or transfer of J-1 record to another J-1 program sponsor

For more information, visit the Department of State's website.