Maintaining J-1 Status
During your J-1 program you must be careful to maintain valid J-1 status. Failure to properly maintain your status can have serious long-term consequences for you. Below are several key requirements for all J-1 scholars to maintain legal status while in the US.
Keep Your Immigration Documents Valid and Unexpired
You should keep the original and a photocopy of the following documents in a safe place at all times:
- your passport, which should be valid/unexpired at all times. If your passport is set to expire within the next 6 months, contact your home country’s consulate or embassy in the US to inquire about renewing your passport;
- I-94 record marked "J-1" and "D/S" under Admit Until Date. If your I-94 does not accurately reflect your most recent entry, please contact Deferred Inspections;
- unexpired DS-2019, and;
- unexpired J-1 visa if you plan to travel internationally and reenter the US. Your visa can expire while remaining in the US as long as your other documents are valid.
Review the travel information page for complete details about re-entering the US after international travel. J-1 scholars and their J-2 dependents must have a valid travel signature for re-entry into the US. If you plan to travel internationally, please be sure you request a travel signature at least 2 weeks in advance leaving the US.
Inform OGS of any Address Changes
SEVIS is the US government database that tracks all J-1 exchange visitors. During your program, you are required to keep OGS up-to-date regarding any changes to your contact information, including:
- US residential address
- US phone number
- Email address
Any address changes must be reported within 10 days of the move. Any time you have changes to your contact information, complete the US Contact Information Update form. OGS will then update the SEVIS database with your new contact information.
Engage in Predominantly In-Person Activities
The US Department of State has set the limit on remote participation for Exchange Visitors as no more than 40% of their program (e.g., two out of five days per week). Any remote engagement must also be noted appropriately in the government database (SEVIS) by indicating the scholar’s home address as a secondary site of activity. This means any and all remote activities/locations must be reported to OGS. (Contact email@example.com if you have diffuclty accessing the reporting form.)
For J-1 Exchange Visitors who will already be in active J-1 status on or before June 30, 2023, this rule will go into effect on January 1, 2024. (The J-1 start date indicated on your DS-2019 must be June 30, 2023 or earlier and you must have completed the arrival process with OGS on or before June 30, 2023.)
For J-1 Exchange Visitors who will be in active J-1 status on or after July 1, 2023, this rule will be in effect for the entire duration of their J-1 program.
Engage Only in Authorized Employment and Activities
J-1 scholars under NYU sponsorship are only authorized for academic activities with NYU/payment from NYU as specified on your DS-2019. Engagement in unauthorized employment or external activities may result in the cancellation of your J-1 status. If you receive an offer from any NYU department for a paid engagement that is not detailed on your DS-2019, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information before accepting or beginning any such activity.
Certain activities, such as occasional lectures or short-term consultations, or general unpaid collaborations/research visits with other institutions outside of NYU, may be authorized. However, written approval from your J-1 sponsor (OGS) is required in advance. Be sure to request authorization at least five business days before you plan to engage in any external activities.
Comply with Health Insurance Requirements
All J-1 exchange visitors must maintain health insurance that meets the minimum requirements, as set by the State Department, for the full duration of their J-1 program. Any J-2 dependents must also maintain adequate health insurance.
Inform OGS of Early Departure
Should you leave NYU early for any reason, please email email@example.com. It is important to correctly report your departure date, as it may impact your future visa eligibility with the United States.