All J-1 Exchange Visitors must check in with the International Scholars and Faculty Services (ISFS) upon arriving in the United States. The ISFS office will validate and activate your J Exchange Program and update your address with the SEVIS immigration system.
It is a requirement of the Department of Homeland Security that all J-1 Exchange Visitors must check-in with the J program Responsible Officer in order to validate the program.
Failure to complete your registration will result in the Department of Homeland Security terminating your J-1 status; you will not be eligible to legally enter the U.S. nor work at OSU. You are not eligible for services on campus (for example receiving an OSU ID card or campus benefits), nor can you be added to payroll before completing your check-in and orientation.
At check-in, the ISFS office will:
Scholars must bring the following documents and information for themselves and any J-2 dependents who have accompanied them to the US:
Orientations are held almost every Thursday morning beginning at 10:00 am in University Plaza, Suite 130 at 1600 SW Western Boulevard, Corvallis (corner of 15th street and Western boulevard).
Exchange Visitors that are not able to make it to the OSU Corvallis campus for check-in may check-in remotely and access all orientation materials online. This is commonly done for scholars based in OSU extension locations.
The following resources are reviewed during check-in.