Scholar Orientation


New J-1 Scholar Orientation

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 10 - 11am
Location: Office of Global Services (OGS), 3520 Prospect Street NW, Car Barn Suite 210

All new J-1 scholars are required to attend an orientation at OGS within 30 days of the start date of the DS-2019 Form. Please try to attend the Tuesday session following your arrival.

OGS must register your arrival in SEVIS within 30 days of the start date of your DS-2019 Form in order for you to remain legally in the United States. You must attend this session for OGS to register your arrival. If you are unable to attend an orientation within that period, please contact your IS Advisor.

You must attend the orientation and be registered prior to applying for a Social Security Number.

Documents to Bring With you

  • Passport
  • Form DS-2019
  • Evidence of your health insurance

Bring the same documents for any J-2 dependents.

Topics covered in the orientation

  • Regulations governing J-1 visa status
  • Social Security numbers
  • Work
  • Travel
  • Health insurance
  • Living in Washington, DC

Please note: if you intend to travel outside of the United States after your arrival, you must obtain your IS Advisor's signature on the Form DS-2019 in order to re-enter the United States.  Travel signatures are given at orientation.