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Transcript of J-1 Orientation
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Join two others near you and share the following information about yourself:
For J-1 Scholars at the
University of California, San Francisco
“Promoting respect and understanding through intercultural exchange, communication, and programs.”
J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
Which agency created the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program?
What is SEVIS?
Maintaining Your Status!
...in 5 easy steps
Where you're from
A little about the research you plan to do at UCSF
What you hope to do for fun in the USA
Intl Student and Scholar Advisor
1675 Owens Street, CC290
(2nd floor of Rutter Hall)
M-F from 9am to 4pm
Wednesdays at Parnassus, 9:0-12:00
Main Line: 415-476-1773
Brian Groves, Director
Jing Yang, (J visa) International Scholar Advisor
Kevin Long, (J and F) International Student and Scholar Advisor
Holly Nigorizawa, (J and F) International Student and Scholar Advisor
Chris Flores, (H1-b) International Scholar Advisor
James Moser, Resources Coordinator
Russell Guajardo, Graduate Intern
How much do you know?
U.S. Department of State
Why was it created?
To promote international education and cultural exchange
Who monitors the J-1 Exchange Program?
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Process visa documents, transfers & related issues
Report changes (address, education level, etc)
*The SEVIS fee is not our money!
Maintaining Program Objective
Carry Health Insurance
Do what you came here to do!
100% effort at UCSF
Always check with an ISSO advisor/Program sponsor first
Pre-written authorization from ISSO required
Must be related to your J-1 program objective
J-1 Visitors and their J-2 dependents are required by law to carry Health Insurance that meets Department of State
See ISSO website and
for current requirements
Change of Address
Address Change: J-1 program participants are legally required to inform ISSO of a change of address within 10 days
Be sure to inform your department
Send email to
with your new address
Must be valid at all times during your stay, and at least
into the future (12 months is recommended)
Generally renewed at your home country consulate in the US (most countries are represented here in SF)
Your SEVIS number!
International Scholar Advisor/Program Sponsor must sign DS-2019 before travel.
I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
Visa Stamp vs. Visa Status
The Visa Stamp
IN THE USA!
Visa Stamp: Entry Permit to the U.S.
Like a “Key” to enter the U.S.
It is OKAY for Visa to expire while in the U.S.
You Will Need a Valid Visa Stamp if:
Yours has expired AND you are traveling
You have changed your status while in the US and are anticipating future travel
California ID /
Social Security Number
Other Useful Documents
NEW I-94 PROCEDURES
Your passport will be stamped with your visa category and duration of stay
Enter your information and print your I-94
Valid Passport with expiration date at least 6 months beyond end date on DS-2019
DS-2019 – Need Travel Signature (valid for one year from the signature date).
Valid J-1 visa
Letter from Department (not required but recommended)
Enter the CBP website and print your I-94 upon arrival
Social Security Number/Card
California Driver License or ID Card
You can apply for a Social Security Number with:
DON'T APPLY TOO EARLY!
Wait two weeks after arrival in US.
IF your J-1 program is longer than 30 days, you may apply for your CDL/ID 10 days after you check in with ISSO. You must take a
Social Security card, if you have one
Corte Madera or Daly City offices!
May apply for work permission from USCIS.
APPLY EARLY – applications take between 2.5 – 5 months to process!
Cannot remain in the US after the J-1 completes their program.
“Research Scholar or Professor”
J-1 “Short-term Scholar”
J-1 “Research Scholar”
Program length up to 6 months
No extensions beyond 6 months
212(e) - 2-year home residency requirement
Program length up to 5 years
Certain “bars” exist
24-month bar (applies to ALL)
212(e) - 2-year home residency requirement
For Research Scholar/Professor category only
Upon completion of the J-1 Research Scholar/Professor program, the exchange visitor may not return to participate in another Research Scholar/Professor category again for 24 months.
Other visa categories not prevented
Two-Year Home-Residency Requirement (212e)
Applying for the 212(e) Waiver
Finishing Your Program
Welcome to San Francisco!
ACSS-ISSO English Corner
Stay Connected With ISSO
If you are subject to the two-year home physical presence requirement:
- return to the USA with other visas (tourist, F-1, J)
- apply for H, L, or Legal Permanent Residency (“Green Card”);
- apply for “change of status” within the USA
…unless you have resided in your home country for 2 years
the requirement is waived.
Not always correct!
A. Government financing and/or
B. The Exchange Visitors Skills List and/or
C. PL 94-484 (Alien Physician category)
Receiving a waiver
your ability to receive future J-1 benefits, such as transfers and extensions.
DO NOT APPLY FOR THE WAIVER unless you have consulted your J-1 advisor at ISSO.
Per federal regulations, J Exchange visitors and UCSF are required to report early departures to DHS and DOS
Have your department contact ISSO
And you let us know!
30 Day Grace Period
Purpose: to enjoy your time in the U.S. after completion of program
1 exit only from US during grace period
SF Municipal Transportation Agency
Bay Area Rapid Transit
A new topic of discussion each week with ESL teachers
: Every Wednesday, 6-8PM
: Parnassus Science Building, 1st Floor, Room S-163
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