Maintaining J-1 Status

Every J-1 Student must be aware of his or her responsibilities and obligations for remaining in status; failure to do so can result in deportation.

Maintain Required Documentation

  • Valid DS-2019 form
  • Valid passport
  • I-94 marked D/S (which stands for duration of status)

The DS-2019** is initially issued for the period of the exchange program but if academic training is authorized a new DS-2019 must be issued by the Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) in order for J-1 students to remain in status.

Additional Requirements

  • Maintain full time student status —for undergraduates, a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • Never engage in employment before being authorized to do so by the Office of International Programs.
  • Maintain Washington College health insurance coverage including any time engaged in practical training.