J-1 Status

I am a J-1 Student

Individuals - International students are personally responsible for maintaining their legal immigration status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) while in the U.S.  International Programs and Initiatives has a two-fold responsibility:  1) ensuring UAF compliance with the regulations and 2) to advise and assist you in maintaining your legal status.

The International Advisors are located in the International Programs & Initiatives, 215 Eielson Building, phone 474-7677 or 474-7157 and at email uaf-internationalprograms@alaska.edu.  At the request of the UAF Chancellor, they are authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Department of State, to provide international students and scholars with immigration advising. Please take advantage of their expertise in immigration regulations. Contact them as soon as possible regarding any change in your research or teaching activities, change of address, or employment authorizations. If you have questions or concerns, ask sooner rather than later.  The advisors are your advocates – they want to assist international students, scholars and professors in maintaining legal status.

International students and scholars are held to a higher standard than U.S. domestic students by U.S. immigration regulations.  Issues that may not seem important could have a life-changing impact for international students and scholars.

“To Remain in Status” or “Maintaining your status”

To remain in status means you possess the proper immigration documents and are obeying the U.S. regulations for your immigration status.

Documents

Regulations

Academic Probation, Appeal and Dismissal

Student Conduct

Status

Off-Campus Employment

Important


I am a J-1 Scholar, Researcher, Professor or Student Intern

Information to legally remain in the U.S.:

Exchange Visitor (J-1) Immigration Status

Know your status category and the restrictions to that category. The J immigration status has 12 sub-categories. UAF is authorized four of the 12; they are: student, research scholar, short-term scholar and professor.  Your sub-category is shown in item #4 of your DS-2019. Each sub-category has specific regulations. The research scholar and professor sub-categories have very similar regulations. Your sponsor is the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The J status is also called the exchange visitor status and was established for the purpose stated below. 

22 CFR 62.20 “A primary purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to foster the exchange of ideas between Americans and foreign nationals and to stimulate international collaborative teaching and research efforts. The exchange of professors and research scholars promotes interchange, mutual enrichment, and linkages between research and educational institutions in the United States and foreign countries. It does so by providing foreign professors and research scholars the opportunity to engage in research, teaching, and lecturing with their American colleagues, to participate actively in cross-cultural activities with Americans, and ultimately to share with their fellow citizens their experiences and increased knowledge about the United States and their substantive fields”

“To Remain in Status” or “Maintaining your status”

To remain in status means you possess the proper immigration documents and are obeying the U.S. regulations for your category.

Documents

Employment

Health Insurance

Change of Contact Information

Travel

Important

J-2 Dependents 

U.S. Immigration narrowly defines dependents as the spouse and/or unmarried minor children (under the age of 21) who have entered the U.S. in J-2 status.  J-2 dependents must be sponsored by the J-1 exchange visitor and can accompany the J-1 visitor when they enter the U.S. or may join the J-1 at a later date. Each dependent must have a dependent DS2019 and a J-2 visa stamp to enter the U.S. in J-2 status. 

Health Insurance

Travel

Emergency Contact Information

Study

Employment

Important

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