J-1 Exchange Visitors

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Maintaining Legal Status

It is imperative that exchange visitors know and understand the requirements for maintaining valid J-1 status:

  • Maintain the following documents:
    • A valid Form DS-2019
    • A valid passport
    • Form I-94 marked D/S for "duration of status"
  • Report to IS within three (3) days after arrival to provide copies of immigration documents and complete program validation.
  • Engage only in the activities specified on the Form DS-2019. For the majority of UMMC J-1 exchange visitors, that will involve research.
  • Engage only in employment that is authorized under his/her J-1 program or by UMMC's Responsible Officer.
  • Purchase and maintain the required health and repatriation/medical evacuation insurance, including coverage for all dependents.
  • Report a change of address to IS within 10 days after moving.
  • Notify IS of any changes in funding as soon as they occur.
  • Refrain from program participation after the expiration date on the Form DS-2019 and prepare to depart the United States within the 30-day grace period.