Welcome to NYU!

Once you get to NYU, it’s important that you review the arrival checklist and make sure you understand how to maintain your J-1 status in the US.

Arrival Checklist 

As soon as you arrive in the United States, you must:

  1. Register with Scholar Services through our online check-in Registration is mandatory.
    1. You will complete a registration form, and will need to upload copies of your DS-2019, visa stamp, and I-94 record, and health insurance confirmation. J-1 Student Interns will also need to upload a copy of the DS-7002.
    2. We will review your registration and validate your arrival with the US government.
    3. OGS requires that you register with our office as soon as possible after you arrive. We must validate your arrival in SEVIS within 30 days of your start date, or you risk termination of your J-1 status.
  2. Review the J-1 orientation guide and register for an orientation session. As a new international J-1 scholar, it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities, as well as help you adjust to life in NYC. Please download and read the J-1 Scholar Orientation Guide (PDF: 16.3MB), then register for an orientation session
  3. If you plan to travel internationally during your stay with NYU, you must obtain a travel signature on your DS-2019 before you leave the US.  If any of your family members are here on J-2 visas, they will need their DS-2019 forms to be signed as well. Please contact ogs.scholars@nyu.edu to arrange for a travel signature.
  4. Contact your academic department to let them know you have arrived.
  5. Visit the NYUCard Center after checking in with your academic department. Bring a valid form of identification (passport, State Photo ID, or State Driver License) to have your picture taken and receive your NYUCard.
    • NYU Langone Student Interns: please speak with your faculty sponsor or department administrator about obtaining an ID card for access to the appropriate buildings/labs.
  6. Get mandatory insurance, if you have not done so already.
  7. Complete the following only if you are paid by NYU:
    1. Get a Social Security Number, if you do not have one already.
    2. Complete an I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) with the department administrator or the Human Resources contact in your school on or before your first day of employment (this is a federal legal requirement).
    3. Complete the tax information required through GLACIER, an Online Tax Compliance System used by NYU. You will receive an email soon, if you haven’t already, from support@online-tax.net containing a password and instructions on accessing GLACIER.
    4. If you are a full-time employee eligible for benefits, learn about and sign up for your benefits by logging into NYU Home, clicking on the Work tab, then navigating to the Benefits Resource Center Login.

Maintaining Your J-1 Status 

During your J-1 program you must take care to maintain lawful J-1 status, as failure to do so can have serious long-term consequences for you. Below are requirements for all J-1 scholars to maintain legal status while in the US.