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