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I would like to host a J-1 scholar at ASU. What should I do?

I would like to host a J-1 scholar at ASU. What should I do?

You will need to request a Form DS-2019 from ISSC.  You will need to participate in a training session before gaining access to this system.  If you need training, please contact ISSC.

How long will it take to receive the DS-2019?

How long will it take to receive the DS-2019?

Once the ISSC receives a COMPLETE request, it can take up to 10 business days for a DS-2019 to be issued.

What should I do to prepare for the J-1 scholar’s arrival to the U.S.?

What should I do to prepare for the J-1 scholar’s arrival to the U.S.?

A J-1 Scholar Arrival Guide was sent to the J-1 scholar along with their DS-2019. Please remind the J-1scholar 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 U.S., and the health insurance requirement.

Can a J-1 scholar’s visa application process be expedited?

Can a J-1 scholar’s visa application process be expedited?

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.

The J-1 scholar has the DS-2019, but will need to delay their arrival now. What should I do?

The J-1 scholar has the DS-2019, but will need to delay their arrival now. What should I do?

If the J-1 scholar will be arriving more than 15 days after their program start date as shown on the Form DS-2019, please notify the ISSC.

The J-1 scholar has just arrived! What should I do now?

The J-1 scholar has just arrived! What should I do now?

Please remind the J-1 scholar to schedule the mandatory SEVIS check-in/orientation as soon as possible after their arrival; the scholar may email ISSC or call us at (480) 727-4776 to schedule.

How can a current J-1 scholar request J-2 DS-2019s for their dependents?

How can a current J-1 scholar request J-2 DS-2019s for their dependents?

The scholar should complete the Add a New Scholar Dependent (SEVIS Document) e-form.  The scholar will need adequate funding to support the dependents for the remainder of the J-1 program, even if the dependents only plan to visit for a short time; ISSC will contact the scholar if documentation of additional funding is needed and when the DS-2019s are ready for pick-up. Normal processing time is 10 business days. As a reminder, the scholar will need to purchase health insurance for the J-2 dependents, and the dependents will be subject to the two-year home residence requirement (212e) if the scholar is.

Are a J-1 scholar’s parents (siblings, boy/girlfriend, etc.) eligible for J-2 status?

Are a J-1 scholar’s parents (siblings, boy/girlfriend, etc.) eligible for J-2 status?

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-2 visa holders are not eligible to work or study during their time in the U.S. 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.

Can a J-2 DS-2019 for a dependent be used if the start date has already passed?

Can a J-2 DS-2019 for a dependent be used if the start date has already passed?

Yes. The J-2 DS-2019 dates reflect the J-1 program dates. The J-2 dependents can travel in and out of the U.S. at any point during the J-1 program, as long as the J-1 program is still active.

What can J-2 dependents do in the U.S.?

What can J-2 dependents do in the U.S.?

J-2 dependents can study, part-time or full-time. If they wish to work, they must apply to USCIS for employment authorization.

What is the processing time for an initial DS-2019 request?

What is the processing time for an initial DS-2019 request?

It is expected that ISSC receive an initial DS-2019 request two to six months before the expected start date.  Once the ISSC receives a COMPLETE request, it can take up to 10 business days for a DS-2019 to be issued.

What is the processing time for an extension of a DS-2019 for a current scholar?

What is the processing time for an extension of a DS-2019 for a current scholar?

Once the extension request application is submitted, our office processing time is 10 business days. 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.

What steps are required if the J-1 scholar’s program information has changed?

What steps are required if the J-1 scholar’s program information has changed?

Please notify ISSC of any change in program, such as a change of funding, supervisor, benefit eligibility, or site of activity within 10 days of the change.

What should be done if a J-1 scholar has to end their J-1 program earlier than expected?

What should be done if a J-1 scholar has to end their J-1 program earlier than expected?

Please submit a J-1 Early Departure Form indicating a brief reason for ending the program early. ISSC will report this information in scholar’s SEVIS record and process a new DS-2019 showing the new program end date.

What should be done if a J-1 scholar has been invited to another institution to give a lecture?

What should be done if a J-1 scholar has been invited to another institution to give a lecture?

The scholar must first obtain permission from their sponsoring faculty and receive authorization from ISSC to engage in an off-campus program related activities (e.g. conference, lecture, consultation). Proper authorization must be received prior to participating.