Student Immigration Definitions
Obtaining J-1 Exchange Visitor
Student Category Status at Columbia
Transfer of J-1 Supervision
Change of Status to F-1
Potential Delays in Visa Issuance
Student Tax Information
Message for Canadian Students
Maintaining J-1 Status
Health Insurance Overview for J-1 Students
J-1 Travel Information
DHS Information on Arrival Problems
J-1 Extension of Stay (Current Program)
J-1 Extension of Stay to Begin New Program
J-1 Work Opportunities
J-1 On-Campus Work Request
J-1 Academic Training
Employment Authorization for J-2
J-1 Leave of Absence, Suspension or Withdrawal
Student Departure Information
Home Country Residency Requirement
Reduced Course Load Request
Address Change Form
Reinstatement to J1 Status
When you enter the U.S. in J-1 status, you assume specific obligations to maintain your immigration status and your program status with the United States Department of State (DOS). This is the agency that administers the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. Failure to meet these obligations results in your being "out of status". The Department of State has instituted a procedure whereby it may be possible to be "reinstated" to lawful J-1 status.
Many times the ISSO staff will be able to correct an infraction by updating the exchange visitors SEVIS record, without formal adjudication by the USCIS. An infraction, however, should be taken very seriously and recurrence can be cause for the ISSO to consider reinstatement for the exchange visitor.
To maintain valid J1 status, the exchange visitor must:
If, for any of the above reasons, the exchange visitor is out of status for more than 120 days (from the end date on the current Form DS-2019) or, if a student, fails to maintain a full course of study without prior consultation and approval of his/her academic adviser and ISSO staff, REINSTATEMENT is necessary.
The reinstatement application will be initiated by the ISSO ONLY if it can be determined that the need for reinstatement is due to circumstances beyond the exchange visitors control. The ISSO will complete the necessary changes in SEVIS and prepare a written statement of explanation of the violation as well as the circumstances involved and a request that the exchange visitor be reinstated to J1 status.
The J-1 exchange visitor must include
Once the ISSO receives approval
of the reinstatement request from the Department of State, a new DS-2019
will be issued to you.
Last Reviewed: 22
February 2011 Last modified: 22 February 2011