Staying Legal as a J-1 Research Scholar

  • Carry your I-94 at all times
  • Keep your passport valid at all times
  • Do not let your DS-20109 expire. The expiration date is found in section 3 of your DS-2019
  • Carry health insurance throughout your entire J-1 program for yourself and any J-2 dependents
  • Only engage in the program as described in item 4 of your DS-2019
  • Only engage in short term consultations and occasional lectures in your field if you obtained prior written approval from the RO/ARO designated by your program sponsor (listed in item #2 on your DS-2019), if you will receive remuneration for your services.
  • Employment outside one's program objective is NOT permitted
  • Have your DS-2019 signed by the RO/ARO before traveling out of the Country if you plan to return to the U.S. in the same J-1 program.
  • If you change program sponsors, get a new DS-2019, get released from the former program sponsor and have the new DS-2019 processed.
  • Report any change of address to USCIS (www.uscis.gov/forms) & The Department of State (http://www.travel.state.gov/) and to the international office on your campus.