J-1 Status Requirements: Visitor's Responsibilities

Maintaining J-1 Status

Exchange visitors MUST maintain their J-1 status by:

  • Completing the check in process immediately after their arrival
  • Retaining required documentation at all times:
    • Valid DS-2019
    • Valid Passport
    • I-94 card marked “D/S” – Duration of Status (refers to program period listed at item 3 on DS-2019)
    • Your DS-7002 form (for J-1 Interns only)
  • Engaging only in appropriate activities permitted under their program and category – specifically, the activity described in Section 4 of the DS2019. If the exchange visitor completes or ceases this activity, he/she should leave the U.S. within 30 days and notify EVS;
  • Refraining from unauthorized employment. Any employment activity that is not included in Part 4 of the DS-2019 must be approved in writing by EVS before the activity begins;
  • Maintaining required health insurance coverage for the entire program period specified on the Form DS-2019. Detailed information may be obtained by reviewing Insurance Information on this website;
  • Reporting a change of address to USCIS, UF and EVS within 10 days after you have moved. An AR-11 form must be submitted to USCIS. Exchange visitors should also visit my.ufl.edu to update their UF directory profile. To update an address with EVS and SEVIS, exchange visitors must complete the Exchange Visitor Change of Address Form and submit it by email to the address provided on the form;
  • Filing timely extension requests to the appropriate person in the Host department;
  • Receiving written approval from EVS and the host department, if an exchange visitor is leaving the US for more than 30 days.

Failure to Maintain J-1 status

Exchange visitors who fail to comply with the J-1 regulations are subject to termination from their J-1 program. Termination removes the exchange visitor from a valid nonimmigrant status and subjects the visitor to deportation regulations. Exchange visitors whose programs have been terminated are ineligible for an extension of stay or in-country change of status and must leave the U.S. immediately.

Termination events can include:

  • Failure to conduct the activities posted on the DS-2019;
  • Violation of the regulations of the exchange visitor program and/or rules of the University of Florida;
  • Willful failure to maintain the mandatory exchange visitor and dependent (if applicable) insurance coverage requirements, and;
  • Engagement in unauthorized employment.