Maintaining your Immigration Status

Maintaining J-1 Visa Status

Please note that immigration regulations and procedures are subject to change. You may refer to and contact OIA with specific questions regarding the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.

J-1 Visa Maintaining Status
  • Attend the mandatory orientation
  • Maintain up-to-date immigration documents at all times.
    • Form DS-2019
    • Passport - must be current at least six (6) months in advance
    • 1-94 Record 
      • Should be kept in a secure place at all times.
      • Confirm that the I-94 indicates J-1 visa status and "D/S" for Duration of Status.
      • If your I-94 or that of your spouse (dependents) has a specific end date, you must consult the OIA immediately upon check-in.
    • Maintain appropriate health coverage for themselves and any J-2 dependents
      • Insurance plans must meet the minimum requirements required by federal regulations governing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program:

        • $100,000 per accident or illness;
        • $500 maximum deductible per illness;
        • $50,000 provision for medical evacuation;
        • $25,000 repatriation of remains
      • Refrain from any unauthorized employment
        • Any employment activity must be approved, in writing, by OIA staff before it begins
        • Volunteering may be considered employment for immigration purposes, consult with OIA staff before beginning any volunteer activity. 
      • Submit timely extension requests to OIA, if necessary.