Should I wait for my DS-2019 to arrive before scheduling my interview appointment?
Although you will need your DS-2019 for your interview, it is important to schedule your appointment well in advance. Please select a date in which you expect to have your DS-2019.
I have not received my DS-2019 yet. What should I do?
Contact your program sponsor directly. If your program sponsor does not have the forms, they should contact the Office of Education in Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.
How long before my program starts can I travel to the U.S.?
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, exchange visitor visa holders may enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the commencement date on the DS-2019. This 30-day limit does not apply to those returning to continue an ongoing program; they may enter the U.S. at any time.
I plan to have language training before my J1 program starts. Do I need a different visa?
You will probably need a student visa for the language school you are planning to attend.
How long can I stay in the U.S. with a J visa?
J visa holders may remain in the U.S. for up to 30 days after the ending date listed on the DS-2019.
I am currently an exchange visitor. Do I need a visa to re-enter the US?
If you are making a short trip outside of the U.S., your visa has not expired, and you are still participating in the same program listed on your J visa, there is no need to obtain another visa.
If your visa has expired or you are changing programs, you will need to apply for a new visa
If my visa expires while in the U.S., do I need to leave the country?
You may remain in the U.S. as long as you are on full-time exchange visitor status. On your next trip outside the U.S., you will need to obtain a valid exchange visitor visa to re-enter the U.S.
Can I work on a J-1 visa while I am in the U.S.?
Exchange visitors are not permitted to work outside of their program.
Can my family members work on a derivative J-2 visa while we are in the U.S.?
Family members are not permitted to work on derivative J-2 visas unless permission has been obtained in advance from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Study at academic institutions is possible.