In order to receive a J-1 visa, you must obtain the appropriate DS-2019 form from a Department of Homeland Security-approved school and pay the SEVIS fee online.
Once you have received your DS-2019, you must maintain your visa status while you are in the United States. J-1 students' main purpose for being in the United States is to be a student. It is your responsibility to maintain your legal status while in the United States.
The only people qualified to give visa regulation advice are located in our department. Immigration regulations may change, so please contact IPS if you have any questions.
To ensure you are maintaining your J-1 status, you must:
If you are unable to maintain full-time enrollment, see your international student advisor immediately. Do not drop below full-time unless an international student advisor has authorized it in SEVIS. The following are the full-time course load requirements for students at Benedictine University:
Part-time enrollment may be authorized for:
Unacceptable reasons for part-time enrollment include, but are not limited to:
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.
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;
Willful failure to provide proof of appropriate health insurance coverage will result in the termination of the Exchange Visitor's program.