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Office of International Programs

J-1 Scholars: Maintenance of Status

Definition of "Status"
Every visa is issued for a particular purpose and for a specific class of visitor. Each visa classification has a set of requirements that the visa holder must follow and maintain. Those who follow the requirements maintain their status and ensure their ability to remain in the United States. Those who do not follow the requirements violate their status and are considered "out of status." Failure to maintain status can result in arrest, and violators may be required to leave the United States. Violation of status also can affect the prospect of readmission to the United States for a period of time. Most people who violate the terms of their status are barred from lawfully returning to the United States for many years.

J-1 Scholars must meet certain requirments in order to maintain J-1 status. These requirements include:

  • The scholar must report to the MSU Office of International Programs for an orientation meeting within 30 days of the program start date listed on the DS-2019.
  • The scholar must report any change of address, phone number or email address to the MSU Office of International Programs within 10 business days.
  • The scholar must carry adequate health insurance coverage, as defined 22 CFR 62.14.
  • The scholar must leave the U.S. within 30 days after completing your academic program.
  • Employment: Professors and Research Scholars are permitted to work only as described on the SEVIS Form DS-2019.  Other employment related to the program objectives might be possible.  There are possibile scenarios where additional employment might be allowed:
    1. Professors and Research Scholars may accept additional employment as authorized by the MSU Office of International Programs in accordance with U.S. Department of State regulations.
    2. Professors and Research Scholars may engage in occasional lectures or consultations with PRIOR written approval by the MSU Office of International Programs. Such lectures and consultations must be incidental to the Exchange Visitor’s primary program activities.

      Page last update August 3, 2015