Upon reporting to International Programs, we will validate your SEVIS record, and activate your J-1 Exchange Visitor program. Please note that if you do not report to ISSS within 30 days of your start date, you will be out of status. International Programs is located in Howarth 215.
Make certain that all information on the DS-2019 is current and complete. If anything is incorrect, please contact the International Scholar Advisor immediately.
Keep your passport valid at all times.
Have your DS-2019 signed by International Student Advisor every year (every 6 months for short-term scholars). If you plan to leave the U.S., be sure your DS-2019 has been signed in the Travel Validation box in the lower right hand corner of your DS-2019.
Note: If you plan to continue your J-1 program beyond the period of time specified on your DS-2019, you must contact International Programs for a program extension before the program end date on your DS-2019. However, please be aware that each category has a maximum time period, beyond which an extension is not possible:
Refrain from off-campus employment without authorization. You may not engage in employment outside of Puget Sound without authorization. If you wish to carry out activities beyond the scope of your duties at Puget Sound (a lecture on another campus, writing articles for publication, etc.) you must have prior, written authorization from International Programs. The activity must be related to your major field of study (students) or consistent with your program goals.
J-1 Exchange Visitors (and J-2 dependents) are required to carry insurance that meets the following minimum requirements:
a. Medical benefits of $100,000 per accident or illness.
b. Deductible that does not exceed $500
c. Repatriation of remains $25,000
d. Medical evacuation $50,000
View this page for more detailed health insurance requirements: https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/international-programs/international-faculty/for-visiting-scholars/
You must report a change of address, phone number, or email within the U.S. to International Programs within 10 days of the change.
If you are in the U.S. with a dependent on J-2 status, please report the following information to the International Scholar Advisor, including any updates to this information:
30 day grace period: Exchange Visitors who have successfully completed their program are allowed 30 days of lawful status in the U.S. following their program. If you depart the U.S. during your grace period, you are not allowed to return to the U.S. on J status. Employment is prohibited during this time