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International Faculty Services Office
Cortez Building - Suite 129
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Phone: (956) 882-7690
Fax: (956) 882-7476
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

J-1 Maintenance of Status

As an Exchange visitor in the United States you are responsible for maintaining your nonimmigrant status at all the times.

In order to maintain your J-1 status, you should:

  1. Have a passport valid at least 6 months into the future at all times.

  2. Have a valid I-94 card, which indicates you have been admitted “J-1” for “D/S” (Duration of Status).

  3. Have a valid DS 2019 form, which accurately reflects your title, department and funding source.

  4. Maintain proper insurance coverage for you and all your J-2 dependents as mandated by USDS.

  5. Do not accept unauthorized employment.

  6. Keep your address and phone numbers up to date directly with the IFSO.

  7. Make arrangements to process your extension of stay in a timely manner up to 6 months before your current DS 2019 expires.

  8. Contact the IFSO as soon as you have travel plans.  You will need a properly endorsed DS 2019, and a support letter if you need to apply for a new visa.

  9. Report to the IFSO upon return to the U.S. with your DS 2019, I-94 card, passport, and visa.

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