Welcome to Walsh University! We are thrilled that you chose Walsh for your J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. We hope that you find your time at Walsh productive, rewarding and memorable. This packet will provide critical pre-arrival and arrival orientation information as well as immigration regulations, services from International Student Services (ISS), and an overview of Walsh. International Student Services (ISS) is here to assist you both before and during your stay in the United States. We look forward to meeting you at the mandatory orientation program. Your hosting department will also have valuable information and resources available to you during your stay.

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Maintaining Health Insurance Coverage

In order to maintain J-1 status, you must have health insurance for yourself and for your dependents. If you qualify for employee benefits (including health insurance) please note that you must purchase supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are a self-funded J-1 scholar, you must purchase health insurance on your own and provide proof to International Student Services.  Full details available here


Change of Funding

The information on your I-20 or DS-2019 should always be current. If there is a substantial change in your funding, such as a change of financial sponsor or major adjustment of amount provided by your current sponsor, your immigration document should be updated. This is especially important if you will apply for a new F-1 or J-1 visa. Full details available here


Two-Year Home Residence Requirement 212(e)

The 2-year home residency requirement called 212(e) applies to certain J-1 exchange visitors. If you are subject to the 212(e), the requirement should be noted on your visa or at the bottom of your DS-2019. You will be required to return to your home country at the end of your exchange visitor program and be physically present there for an aggregate of two years before being eligible to return to the United States in immigrant status (permanent resident/green card), H status (temporary workers and dependents), K (fiancé), or L status (intracompany transferees and dependents). Exchange Visitors subject to the two-year home country residence requirement are not eligible to change their nonimmigrant status in the U.S. from J to permanent residence or to any other nonimmigrant category except A (diplomatic) and G (international organization). Full details available here.


Extending Your I-20 or DS-2019

The completion date on your I-20 or DS-2019 is an estimate. If you will not complete your program objective by that date, you must request an extension. The U.S. Immigration regulations require that I-20s and DS-2019s remain valid during the course of study. You are eligible for a program extension if: · Your I-20 or DS-2019 has not yet expired. The expiration date is indicated in item 5 of the I-20 and item 3 of the DS-2019. · You have been continually maintaining lawful F-1 or J-1 status. · The delay in completion of your program of study was caused by compelling academic or medical reasons. Federal regulations about extensions are strict; approval of an extension request is not guaranteed. Students in F-1 or J-1 status are required by law to comply with the regulations pertaining to their immigration status, including the program extension requirements discussed above. Failure to apply in a timely manner for a program extension is considered a violation of status and will disqualify you from benefits such as employment eligibility. Full details available here