Maintaining status as a J-1
scholar is fairly simple. The main goal is to carry out the goals that were
listed on Form DS-2019, whether that’s for study, research, work, etc. Exchange
visitors maintain their J-1 status by having their SEVIS record validated,
engaging only in activities permitted under their program and category, filing
timely and appropriate transfer and extension notifications, refraining from
unauthorized employment, and maintaining required health insurance coverage.
Each program category has additional specific requirements.
Conditions to Keep in Mind
If you enter the US in a
visa category other than J-1 (such as on the B2 visa or the visa waiver
program), the benefits associated with the J-1 status will no longer be
available to you. Please be sure that while you are being hosted on the J-1
visa, that you are careful to always enter on the appropriate visa category.
If you would like to change
your visa status to that of another nonimmigrant category, please consult with the
Office of International Services prior to making any final decisions.