Mandatory Check-In at Office of International Scholar Relations (ISR)
When you check-in, please bring:
Your stamped DS-2019
Proof that you have paid the SEVIS fee
As soon as these documents are received by the J-1 RO/ARO, your SEVIS Record will be validated. When you check in with the host department, you will be scheduled for the J-1 Orientation and specific appointments as required for your J-1 status.
Scholar Arrival Checklist
- Review and understand your visa documents
- Report to your department supervisor
- Obtain a WesternU Identification Badge
- Identify Public Transportation Options
- Find Housing- temporary or permanent
- Open a bank account
- Apply for a Social Security Number (SSN)
- Report address within 10 days after arrival to ISR
If you will be a University employee:
- Report to Human Resources – for new employee orientation
- Report to Director of Benefits – for health insurance enrollment
- Report to Office of Payroll – for Tax Withholding and Treaty Benefits (where applicable)
Accompanying Dependents (J-2’s)
- Poof of SEVIS payment
- Poof of J-2 insurance coverage
The Office of International Scholar Relations J-1 RO & ARO are not authorities on rental agreements; therefore, we cannot provide legal advice regarding roommate or rental issues that you may experience during your stay. We do hope, however, that the following guidelines will be helpful.
Roommates and Joint Liability – please read carefully…
- If only one person signs the lease, that person is solely responsible for the entire rent and other conditions of the lease and is technically subletting to any other roommate(s).
- If more that one person signs a lease, each is responsible for all the conditions on the lease. This means, each tenant is responsible for all rent and any damages.
- So, if one person does not pay the rent, the other roommates are responsible for payment of the person’s share or they are all subject to eviction for non-payment of rent. It is up to the other tenants, not the landlord to collect from the non-paying tenants.
- In the same way, if one tenant damages the premises, the landlord may deduct the damages from the tenants’ collective security deposit without determining or considering who is responsible for the damage. Again, it is up to the other tenants to collect for the damages from the tenant who caused the damage.
- Duration of the rental period,
- What portion of rent each tenant will pay,
- Responsibility for damages,
- Division of payment for utilities,
- Responsibility of finding a replacement upon early termination and,payment of rent until a replacement is found.
Updated: August 2015