J-1 Scholar Visa Regulations

Passport, Visa, I-94 and DS-2019
  • DS-2019 indicated
    • Section 1: Your Biographic Information (SEVIS ID Number)
    • Section 2: Program Sponsor
    • Section 3: Program End Date
    • Section 4: Academic Program Information
    • Section 5: Financial Information
    • Section 6: Department of State Notification
    • Section 7: Advisor Signature
    • It is your responsibility to keep your Form DS-2019 current and retain all Forms DS-2019 ever issued to you forever!
  • J-1 Visa
  • I-94
  • Passport

212. e WARNING - Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement

Be aware of the consequences of utilizing the J visa. Exchange visitors, and any dependents accompanying them, may be subject to a two-year rule following the completion of the J program.

For this reason, it is wise to choose the J visa carefully, making sure the circumstances surrounding your proposed program are truly "exchange-related" and that you do intend to return to your home country.

If the student's visa is marked "Subject to 212e" they must return to their country and spend two years there before returning to the United States on certain visa types.

Health Insurance Requirement 

All J students must provide evidence that they are covered by adequate medical health insurance that meets the requirements as set by the U.S. Department of State, while participating in their sponsor's exchange program in the U.S.
Minimum coverage must provide:A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness;

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness;
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000; and
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000

Willful failure to provide proof of appropriate health insurance coverage will result in the termination of the Exchange Visitor's program.

IPS works with GeoBlue to offer students a discounted rate at health insurance.  Download their guide student guide for information on how to obtain insurance.