International Scholar Relations

Current Scholars Overview

Responsibilities of the J-1 Scholar


As a J-1 Visiting Scholar, it is important that you adhere to the Department of State (DoS) regulations during your visit in the U.S. and at WesternU.

A J-1 scholar must:

  1. Abide and comply by the Exchange Visitor Program regulations, U.S. laws, and your sponsor’s program-specific rules.

  2. Register and provide copies of DS-2019, I-94, Passport and Health Insurance card to J-1 RO/ARO.

  3. Report e-mail address, phone number and address changes immediately to the J-1 RO/ARO.

  4. Purchase health insurance at WesternU or show proof of adequate health insurance for themselves and dependent(s), during their stay in the U.S, as specified by the Department of Homeland Security See: www.exchanges.state.gov/ education/jexchanges

  5. Obtain travel signature from the J-1 RO/ARO for their DS-2019 form prior to traveling outside of the United States including Canada and Mexico (the travel signature is valid for one year).

  6. Depart the United States within thirty (30) days grace period of the Program End Date. No employment or change of status allowed during the 30 day grace period.

Dependent Information:

Immigration defines eligible dependents as spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.

To request a DS-2019 for a dependent, please submit a bank statement documenting sufficient support (if, you are being funded by your homeland government or personal funds) and photocopy of your dependent’s passport and dates for the dependent’s duration of stay in the U.S.  

For a quick reference, we have provided the following links to information of special relevance during your stay in the U.S.

This information included in this area is not exhaustive and is subject to change without notice. J-1 Scholars should email J1Program@westernu.edu  to schedule an appointment to discuss any questions or concerns related to their legal status in the United States.

Updated:  August 2015