You must always be in possession of a valid DS-2019, which accurately reflects your purpose for being at FIU. If it is close to expiring, you should request an extension from your host department.
You must come to ISSS to have your DS-2019 signed if you will travel outside the United States . Signatures are valid for 6 months.
You must also report any life event that may affect your immigration status such as birth of a child, marriage, change of legal name, divorce or death. This rule also extends to J-2 dependents.
You must report any change of address to ISSS within 5 days.
Reinstatement to legal status will rarely, if ever, be granted in the U.S. to scholars who lose their status. If you are out of status, you must return home with no guarantee of being issued a visa to return.
If you are working at FIU you will need a social security number. If you do not have a social security number, come to ISSS for further information.
30 Day Grace Period
Following the completion of the J-1 program, the period defined on the Form DS-2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) allows participants a 30-day travel period commonly referred to as the “Grace Period.” During this 30-day grace period, participants are no longer in J-visa status, and are under the jurisdiction of the USCIS. The USCIS grants this period to allow participants to settle their affairs and to prepare to return to their home countries. Program participants may no longer continue and/or complete exchange activities, nor may they work. Although participants may travel in the United States, it is recommended that they do not travel beyond the borders of the United States as they may not be permitted reentry.
Extension of Stay
To ensure that this process runs smoothly, have your host department send ISSS any extension paperwork at least a month prior to the program end date. ISSS will then verify that you are eligible for an extension and process the paperwork.
J-1 scholars, students, and dependents (J-2s) are required to have major medical insurance (Health Care and Insurance) for the duration of the program.
Transfer to Another J Program
Travel and Entry into the United States
Home-Country Physical Presence Requirement
- Your participation in the program was funded in whole or part, directly or indirectly, by a U.S. government agency or an agency of the government of your home country.
- The skills developed as an exchange visitor are on the skills list of your country.
- You are a foreign medical graduate.
Under certain circumstances you may be eligible to waive the two year home physical presence requirement. The four types of waivers are as follows:
- No objection waiver
- Exceptional hardship waiver
- Persecution waiver
- Interested government agency waiver
You may also consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable on the subject of J-1 waivers.
Please note that the waiver application is the exchange visitor’s responsibility. For more info, click here.