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You will need to request a Form DS-2019 from ISSC by submitting a DS-2019 Application Packet.
Once the ISSC receives a complete request, it can take up to two weeks from receipt of complete request for a DS-2019 to be issued.
A J-1 Scholar Arrival Guide was sent to the visiting scholar along with their DS-2019. Please remind the visiting scholar to review this guide prior to their arrival. The guide contains information about paying the SEVIS (I-901) fee, applying for a visa, and arriving to the United States, and the health insurance requirement.
Unfortunately, nothing can be done to expedite administrative processing or security clearances. Please contact the ISSC in case of a delay, so the DS-2019 start date can be amended if necessary.
If the visiting scholar will be arriving more than 15 days after their program start date as shown on the Form DS-2019, please notify the ISSC.
Please remind the visiting scholar to schedule the mandatory SEVIS Check-In/Orientation as soon as possible after their arrival; they may email us at InternationalScholars@asu.edu or call us at (480) 727-7125 to schedule.
The scholar should complete the Scholar Data Sheet and submit it to ISSC, along with a copy of the photo page and biographical information page from each dependent’s passport. They will need adequate funding to support their dependents for the remainder of their J-1 program, even if they only plan to visit for a short time; ISSC will contact them if they need to provide documentation of additional funding, and when the DS-2019s are ready for pick-up. Normal processing time is two weeks. As a reminder, the scholar will need to purchase health insurance for their J-2 dependents, and they will be subject to the two-year home residence requirement (212e) if the scholar is.
No. Only a scholar’s spouse and unmarried children (under the age of 21) are eligible to be J-2 dependents. All other family members and friends may be eligible to visit scholars for a short time in B-2 (Visitor for Tourism) status. B-2s are not eligible to work or study during their time in the United States. ISSC cannot advise on the B-2 application process or issue invitation letters for visitors. Scholars should visit the website of the consulate where their visitors will apply for their visas for information about the application process and requirements.
Yes. The DS-2019 dates reflect the J-1 program dates. The J-2s can travel in and out of the United States at any point during the J-1 program, as long as the J-1 program is still active
It is expected ISSC receive an initial DS-2019 request two to six months before the expected start date.
Once the Extension request application is submitted, our office processing time is two weeks. Please remind scholars that they must extend their health insurance coverage as well. Please note: Short-term scholar programs are limited to a maximum period of six months.
Please notify ISSC of any change in program, such as change of funding, supervisor, benefit eligibility, or site of activity within 10 days of the change.
The scholar must firstly obtain permission from their sponsoring faculty and receive authorization from ISSC to engage in an off-campus program related activities (e.g. conference, lecture, consult). Proper authorization must be received prior to participating.
Please submit a J-1 Early Departure form indicating a brief reason of ending the program early. ISSC will report this information in scholar’s SEVIS record and process a new DS-2019.