Basic Information F-1/J-1 Visa Status

Report
J-1 Exchange Visitor
Orientation
Presented by
International Scholar & Faculty Services,
Oregon State University
Introductions
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Please introduce yourself:
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Name
Country
Department
Research Area or Focus
Length of Program
Presentation Contents
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Overview of Exchange Visitor J Program
Important Terms and Websites
Immigration Documents
Responsibilities of Exchange Visitors
Bars to Future Program Participation
Employment Authorization
Social Security Number, Dependents, etc.
The ISFS Office
Questions
Overview of Exchange Visitor
Program and J-1 Visa
The Exchange Visitor Program provides
international candidates the opportunity to
travel and gain experience in the United
States.
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Teaching
Studying
Conducting research
Demonstrating special skills
Receiving on the job training
OSU J-Programs &
Maximum Length of Programs
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Professor
• 5 years
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Research Scholar
• 5 years
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Short Term Scholar
• 6 months
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Student Intern
• 12 months
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Specialist
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12 months
J-2 Dependents (spouse or child)
Important Terms & Acronyms
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SEVIS: Student & Exchange Visitor Information System
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USCIS: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
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DHS: Department of Homeland Security
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DOS: Department of State
Overview of Immigration
Documents
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Passport
J-1 Visa Stamp
DS-2019
I-94 Arrival/Departure Form
Passport
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Passport should be renewed 6 months
prior to expiration
Passport related questions (lost passport,
incorrect passport information, passport
renewal, etc.) should be asked to your
home country’s embassy
or consulate
J Visa Stamp
A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to the U.S. port-of entry, and
request permission of the U.S. immigration inspector to enter the U.S.
Visa
Category
Entries
Allowed
M=Multiple
S=Single
Entry
2 Year Home Residency
Requirement 212(e)
Visa
Expiration
Date
DS-2019
Certificate of Eligibility
for Exchange Visitor
Status (J-1 or J-2)
SEVIS ID
Number
Program Dates
(Duration of Status)
Program
Sponsor
2- Year Home
Residence
Requirement
Travel
Signature
DS-2019 (cont.)
Information Included on the DS-2019:
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Bio-Information
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Program Sponsor & Information
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Dates of Program
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Exchange Visitor Category & Focus Area
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Funding to Cover Program Costs
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Not Relevant
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Responsible Officer
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Transfer Information (if any)
 Preliminary Endorsement of 212(e)
 Travel Validation Signature by Responsible Officer
 Signature of Exchange Visitor (sign here)
I-94 Form
Arrival/ Departure Record
Referred to as “Admission Number”
https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html
The following information is required to retrieve your
Admission (I-94) number. Enter the information as it
appears on the travel documents you used to enter
the United States.
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Name
Birth Date
Passport Number
Country
Most Recent Date of Entry
Class of Admission
You will need to print your I-94 form in order to show
it at the Social Security Office, Department of Motor
Vehicles, apply for certain immigration benefits, etc.
Current Scholars: Responsibilities
of Exchange Visitors
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Exchange Visitors must follow these rules
in order to maintain immigration status and
stay legally in the United States
• It is your personal responsibility to know and
follow the rules of your visa category
• Failure to maintain status may result in
termination of visa and SEVIS record, fees to
correct status, or removal from the United
States.
• Staying in illegal status may result in a 3 to 10
year ban from returning to the U.S.
Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
1. Report address changes
• Must be reported within 10 days of change
• Send email to the International Scholar Advisor
2. Report changes in program
• Changes in program such as research focus,
sponsor, program length, category, finances, etc.
• Must be reported immediately to the International
Scholar Advisor prior to any change
Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
3. Maintain Health Insurance
• Health Insurance is mandatory for all J-1 and J-2
visitors during entire J-program
• Must meet Department of State requirements
• No insurance = termination of program
• Have you purchased your health insurance yet?
Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
4. Apply for an Extension Prior to the DS-2019
Expiration
• Extension must be requested by sponsoring
department
• Additional fee is required
• Be aware of maximum program length
depending on Exchange Visitor category
Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
5. Receive Transfer Authorization Prior to
Leaving OSU
• May be eligible to transfer to another U.S.
university
• Transfer processed by OSU sponsoring
department, new program sponsor, and ISFS
• Contact ISFS 6 weeks prior to transfer
Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
6. Obtain Travel Signature Prior to Traveling Outside
the U.S.
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Valid Passport
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Valid U.S. Visa
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Valid DS-2019 with TRAVEL SIGNATURE (valid 1 year)
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Visa to country to visit unless waived
• Remember: you may not leave your J-2 dependents in
the US for a period longer than 30 days or they will be
out of status.
Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
7. Depart the U.S. within the 30 Day Grace
Period following Program End Date
• You can stay in the U.S. up to 30 days after the
Program End Date on your DS-2019 or you
complete your program (whichever is sooner)
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Work, research, or be paid during the grace period
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Use this time for travel within the U.S.
Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
8. Report Departure to ISFS
• Send an email to the International Scholar
Advisor about your planned departure
• Fill out the Departure Form
• ISFS updates your record with SEVIS and OSU
Future Plan: Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
9. Bars to Further Program Participation
24 Month Bar:
• J-1 Research Scholars and Professors cannot use the
same J-1 category for 24 months after end of current
program
12 Month Bar:
• Other J exchange visitors in the U.S. for more than 6
months must wait 12 months to use the Research
Scholar or Professor category
Bars to Further J-1 Program
Participation (cont.)
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Student Interns
• Only one internship allowed per degree level
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Undergraduate degree
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Masters degree
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Doctorate degree
Future Plan: Responsibilities of
J-1 Exchange Visitors
10. Two Year Home Residency Requirement 212(e)
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You must return to your home country and be
PHYSICALLY PRESENT for a total of 2 years before
you are eligible to obtain a work visa (H-1B or L-1) or
Permanent Residency (K visa)
• You may return to the US on other visa types (e.g. tourist,
student, exchange visitor)
• Your J-2 dependents are also subject to this requirement
• Check if you are subject to this requirement by requesting an
Advisory Opinion
Acknowledgement
Please read and sign your name on the
form acknowledging you understand your
responsibilities as a J-1 Exchange Visitor at
Oregon State University
Employment Authorization
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A J-1 holder is only allowed to perform the activity listed
on his/her Form DS-2019 and as stated in the regulations
for that category of exchange.
• Only authorized employment is allowed
• Prior approval is required
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Unauthorized employment constitutes as failing to
maintain Exchange Visitor status
Social Security Number (SSN)
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Social Security Number is only issued with an offer of
employment
• No employment = SSN not required
• SSN required for tax purposes only
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Submit application in person to local Social Security Office
in Albany, Oregon (16km) with:
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Employment offer letter from employer
Passport with J-1 visa
I-94 Arrival/Departure form
Original DS-2019
One additional piece of identification
J-2 Visa for Dependents
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Dependent = Spouses and Children (unmarried
children under the age of 21)
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Dependents may study or work
• Employment Authorization Document required
Status is dependent upon the status of the
principle J-1 holder
Allowed to remain in the United States as long as
the principle J-1 Visa holder has valid J-1 status
May not be left in the U.S. for a period longer than
30 days without the principle J-1
The ISFS Office
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Offers orientation, resources and
information on website for Exchange Visitors
Advises on visa and immigration questions
and consults on employment options
Helps you explore options after program
completion
Programming, events, and activities
Highlights exchange visitor experiences
*Meetings are by appointment only please*
Questions and Answers
We hope you have an enjoyable and successful experience at Oregon
State University!
Contact ISFS
International Scholar & Faculty Services
International Programs, Oregon State
University
University Plaza – Suite 190
1600 SW Western Blvd
Corvallis, OR 97333
1-541-737-3006
[email protected]
Resources
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ISFS Website:
http://oregonstate.edu/international/atosu
/scholars
U.S. Department of State:
http://j1visa.state.gov/participants/
Travel.State.Gov:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/ty
pes_1267.html
SEVIS: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/

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