Mandatory J-1 Visa Check-in & Orientation for New International Scholars

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.

 

Why is this required?

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:

  • make copies of your immigration documents (and any accompanying dependents),
  • update your physical address in the US in the SEVIS immigration system,
  • sign your DS-2019 allowing you to travel outside the US,
  • validate your Exchange Visitor program, and
  • offer an orientation to campus

 

What must I bring with me?

Scholars must bring the following documents and information for themselves and any J-2 dependents who have accompanied them to the US:

  • DS-2019
  • Passport
  • J Visa stamp
  • Paper copy of I-94 Arrival Record (you can access and print the I-94 from this website: http://www.cbp.gov/I94)
  • Training/Internship Placement Plan or T/IPP (Student Interns only)
  • Completed Biographical Information Form (pdf) which requires the scholar's physical living address in the U.S. and agreement to follow the responsibilities of a J-1 Exchange Visitor at OSU

 

When can I check-in?

Orientations are held almost every Thursday morning beginning at 10:00 am in University Plaza- Suite 190 (corner of 15th and Western on the northwest corner of the building) at 1600 SW Western Boulevard, Corvallis.

  • You must register for the Check-in and Orientation with OSU's International Scholar & Faculty Services (ISFS) as soon as you arrive on campus and within 30 days of the Program Start Date on the DS-2019.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allows exchange visitors to enter the U.S. up to 30 days before or 30 days after the Program Start Date on the DS-2019.
  • If you cannot arrive and report to ISFS within 30 days of your Program Start Date, notify an International Scholar Advisor immediately.

 

How do I register for check-in?

 

Remote check-in process?

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.

Resources

The following resources are reviewed during check-in. Please contact us if you have any questions.