Responsibilities of a J-1 Scholar

Scholars in J-1 status are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with U.S. federal laws and regulations governing J-1 visa status. Failure to do so may violate the scholar's legal status in the United States. As a J-1 scholar, responsibilities include, but may not be limited to, the following:

Report Address, Telephone or E-mail Address Changes to the Office of Global Services (OGS): This may be done online. J-1 scholars should also report a change of e-mail address for their J-2 spouse.

Abide by Employment Regulations: J-1 scholars may conduct research or teach only at Georgetown University unless specifically authorized ahead of time by OGS to give a lecture or consult at another institution. Scholars must contact their IS Advisor if invited to speak or consult at another institution prior to completing any work.

Depart the United States within 30 Day Grace Period: Scholars must depart the United States within 30 days of the expiration of the Form DS-2019 or program end date, whichever is earlier unless they have applied for a change of status.

Report Departure Date and Reason to OGS: J-1 scholars are required to inform their IS Advisor if they plan to leave the University before the expiration date of the Form DS-2019.

Report J-2 Dependent's Departure Date to OGS: J-1 scholars are required to notify their IS Advisor if their J-2 dependents return home before the expiration of the Form DS-2019.

Understand the Two-Year Bar on Repeat Participation in the J-1 Professor and Research Scholar Categories: Scholars in the Research Scholar or Professor categories are subject to a two-year bar on repeat participation in these categories. If scholars plan to come back to the United States in J-1 status in the future, they should discuss their plans with their IS Advisor.

Participate Fully in the Academic Program: Scholars are permitted entry into the United States in J-1 status to pursue a research or teaching program. All J-1 scholars must fully participate in the Georgetown University academic program for which they have been approved.

Report Changes in Program to OGS: Scholars must notify their IS Advisor whenever there is a change in the academic program or program dates.

Understand the Two Year Home Residency Requirement:  Scholars who have been marked subject to 212(e), the two-year home residency requirement, are not eligible for a change of status inside the U.S. or for the H visa, the L visa or Permanent Residency until they have spent two years in their home country following the completion of their J-1 program or have received a waiver of this requirement from the U.S. Department of State/U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Scholars should consult with their IS Advisor prior to applying for a waiver to discuss the implications on their status.

Obtain Travel Signature Prior to Departing the United States:  Travel signatures are valid for one year or until the expiration date of the Form DS-2019, whichever is earlier.

Apply for an Extension Prior to the DS-2019 Expiration: Scholars must apply for an extension before the Form DS-2019 Form expires if they intend to remain at Georgetown. 

Receive Transfer Authorization Prior to Leaving Georgetown:  Scholars must receive authorization from their IS Advisor before leaving Georgetown if they wish to transfer to another institution.

Maintain Adequate Health Insurance: J-1 scholars must maintain adequate health insurance for themselves and any dependents in J-2 status throughout their stay in the United States. This insurance must meet the requirements set forth by the Department of State.