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International Scholar Relations

Arrival at WesternU

Mandatory Check-In at Office of International Scholar Relations (ISR)

You are required to check in with the J-1 RO/ARO within 10 days of the begin date on your DS-2019 Form. Your SEVIS record must be updated by the J-1 RO/ARO or it will be automatically terminated and your program participation will be cancelled, if you do not check-in.

When you check-in, please bring:

You must provide proof that you have health insurance for the duration of your stay in the U.S. in J status even if it is provided by the WesternU.

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

If you will be a University employee
Your department supervisor will assist you with the scheduling for the above J-1 arrival requirements.

Accompanying Dependents (J-2’s)

If you have dependents coming to the U.S., please bring copies of their:


Your host department supervisor will assist with your housing arrangements during your stay in the U.S. You may need to make temporary arrangements until you have an opportunity to see the City of Pomona and surrounding communities. The university’s Housing Information page will be helpful to you in this process.  Additionally, there may be opportunity to rent an apartment on-campus; check with ISR on availability and details.

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…

Before you consider having a roommate, you should talk to your landlord to confirm that roommates are allowed within the terms of your lease.  Once this has been established, you should become aware of the legal implications:
It may be wise to protect yourself and your roommates by creating a written contract signed by each renter that spells out roommates’ obligations to each other such as:
Updated:  August 2015