In order to maintain J-1 scholar status, the J-1 visa holder must do the following:
- Maintain a valid passport.
- Use only the DS-2019 that was issued by Missouri State University.
- Keep a valid DS-2019 and renew the DS-2019 BEFORE it expires.
- Only engage in the activities stated in the DS-2019.
- Acquire and maintain health insurance at all times. If the J-1 holder receives health benefits as part of the employment package, the J-1 holder will still need to purchase additional health insurance coverage to fulfill the J-1 regulation requirements. If the J-1 holder has dependents, the J-1 holder must acquire and maintain insurance for their dependents as well.
- Apply for any extensions within 30 days of the expiration date on your DS-2019.
- Keep your address updated and provide address and status changes to the English Language Institute within 10 days of the change.
- Leave the United States within 30 days of the completion of your J-1 program OR apply for a change of non-immigrant status. Applying to change to another non-immigrant visa category must take place prior to the expiration date of your DS-2019.
There are specific rules for J-1 Scholar program and the scholar should learn those rules to make sure that he/she is in compliance with the Exchange Visitor program. There are specific activities that the J-1 should not do and/or engage in during their J-1 program because it may impact their ability to remain in the United States and/or complete the program.
- J-1 holder should not let their health insurance expire or cancel their plan.
- The J-1 holder should not take a leave of absence or travel outside the United States without receiving approval from the English Language Institute Office.
- Enroll in courses without the approval of the English Language Institute. However, a J-1 scholar is not allowed to enroll in any degree-seeking program.
If the Missouri State University is not the J-1 holder’s sponsoring institution, the J-1 holder should contact their sponsor for specifics regarding the sponsor’s requirements for maintaining J-1 status because the sponsor may have additional requirement than those outlined by the US Department of State.