Maintaining J-1 Visa Status
All J-1 Scholars must report change of address and contact information to the Office of International Education (OIE):
All J-1 Scholars must report change of address and contact information immediately to the United States Customs and Immigrations Service (USCIS). The OIE needs your new contact information to update your records in SEVIS.
Make requests in advance:
The Office of International Education needs time to process your requests for assistance (for example: travel signatures, program extension, employment authorization, etc.).
It is your responsibility to know and understand the Immigration regulations that affect you when you are planning to travel. All J-1 Scholars are required to have an active DS-2019 signed by Erin Heidkamp or Jazmin Sharif before departure. Travel Signatures are only valid for 1 year. As a practice, the OIE recommends getting a travel signature for each departure. Come in at least two weeks in advance with your request for a DS-2019 travel signature.