It is extremely important for a J-1 exchange visitor to maintain his or her status while in the U.S. Failure to maintain status is a ground for removal from the U.S. (deportation). Exchange visitors maintain their J-1 status by engaging only in activities permitted under their program and category, filing timely and appropriate transfer and extension notifications, refraining from unauthorized employment, and maintaining required health insurance coverage. Each category will have additional specific requirements.
- Exchange visitors are required to maintain the following documents at all times: valid DS-2019, valid passport, valid I-94 marked D/S.
- Exchange visitors must study, teach, or conduct research at the institution listed on the DS-2019.
- Exchange visitor students must be pursuing a full course of study (12 units undergraduate, 9 units graduate).
- Exchange visitors must carry health insurance for both themself and their dependents (J-2s), if any. The insurance must be maintained throughout the program period on the DS-2019 and must offer repatriation and evacuation benefits.
- Exchange visitors must report a change of address to The Office of International Services within 10 days of the move.
- Exchange visitors must not remain in the U.S. longer than 30 days after completing the activity for which they have been invited to participate in at USD.
- Exchange visitors must check in with The Office of International Services as soon as they arrive to validate program participation.