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J-1 Scholar SEVIS Validation

SEVIS Validation is a mandatory process for all J-1 Scholars to activate SEVIS record upon their arrival at ASU.

Mandatory SEVIS Check-In/Orientation

The U.S. Department of State requires ASU, as your program sponsor, to provide you with a SEVIS Check-In/Orientation. After you attend, your arrival will be validated in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database. This validation notifies the Department of Homeland Security that you have arrived and begun your J-1 exchange visitor program and updates your SEVIS record to “Active” status.

Failure to attend orientation and have your SEVIS record validated may result in future immigration complications.

Orientation Sessions

After your arrival, attend a SEVIS Check-In/Orientation session as soon as possible. Sessions are held Monday-Thursday at 2 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. Typically, SEVIS Check-in lasts for about 30 minutes to one hour. Please call 480-727-7125 or email to schedule your SEVIS Check-In/Orientation.

SEVIS Check-In/Orientations are conducted in a group setting, so please be on time for your appointment and have all of your documents with you.

What to Bring

You will need to bring the original and a copy of each document listed below, to your orientation session, for you and any accompanying J-2 dependents:

  • Passport(s) (must show visa and entry stamps)

  • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record records(s). Electronic I-94 that can be retrieved at

  • DS-2019(s)

  • Proof of insurance. Must meet U.S. Department of State requirements.

Please also include your local U.S. address, local phone number and email address.

J-2 dependents need not accompany you to the SEVIS Check-In, as we have limited space.