By law, you are required to attend a New J-1 Scholar Orientation no later than 30 days after the start date indicated on your DS-2019 (see box #3). Failure to meet the 30-day window results in the immediate and automatic cancellation by the U.S. government of your DS-2019. If this occurs, your DS-2019 becomes invalid even if the expiration date in box #3 is in the future.
The check in and orientation sessions are small group meetings that begin at 10 AM and are held every Monday and Wednesday.
LOCATION: International Studies Office, Room 208 Minor Hall
TIME: 10:00 AM - Please arrive 15 minutes early to have your documents copied.
Please register for the next orientation and check in that is available for as soon as possible after you arrive. If you are unable to arrive for the meeting at the ISO by 10 AM you will be asked to attend the next available orientation session.
What to bring
- I-94 arrival record print-out (can be obtained after arrival from the CBP website here.
- Completed Check in form
- proof of appropriate health insurance coverage - policy description must be in English - insurance must be effective for the duration of the program as listed on the DS-2019 form
The check in form requires that you include a local US residential address and US phone number as this information is required by the US government.
Your spouse and/or minor children with J-2 status are not required to attend the check in meeting, but you must bring their documents with you to the orientation. Indeed, out of consideration for the lack of space at ISO, we request that you not bring your J-2 dependents with you to the New J-1 Scholar Orientation. Simply bring their travel documents with you as indicated above.