Office of International Programs
Maintaining J-1 Student Status
As a J-1 visiting scholar (student) at University of Texas at Tyler, you have been admitted for a specific period of time to engage in a particular research or teaching activity, as described on your DS-2019 form. You must take care during your stay to maintain lawful J-1 status, as failure to do so can have serious long-term consequences for you. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your stay in the U.S. remains valid:
- Be aware of the expiration date of your status. This is not your visa expiration date; it is the ending date in section 3 of your DS-2019 form. If your appointment at the UT Tyler is extended, the hiring department must contact ISSFS before the current expiration date of the current form to have the DS-2019 form extended.
- Do not accept unauthorized employment. The only activity you are permitted is the one described in section 4 of the DS-2019 form. You must consult ISSFS beforehand if you wish to take up any other work during your stay.
- If offered a comparable position at another college or university, discuss your plans with ISSFS to make sure that the required transfer procedure can be accomplished.
- Comply with the U.S. Department of State's health insurance requirements for J-1 visa holders and their families. Willful disregard of these requirements will result in termination of your program and your J-1 status.
- Report to ISSFS any change of home address or phone number within 10 days of move.
- The dependent spouse is expected to reside with the J-1 while in the United States.
- Keep your passport valid. Passports can be renewed by your consulate in the United States. For a listing of Foreign Embassies in the U.S., go to the US State Department Website of Foreign Embassies Homepage.