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

All J-1 Exchange Visitors must check in with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arriving in the United States. OIS 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, OIS office will:

  • make copies of your immigration documents (including documents for 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 orientation materials to campus services


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:


When can I check-in?

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).

  • You must register for the Check-in and Orientation with OSU's Office of International Services (OIS) 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 OIS within 30 days of your Program Start Date, notify OIS 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.



The following resources are reviewed during check-in.