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J-1 Exchange Visitor Update: 

J-1 Exchange Visitor Update Presented by: Zach Williams Immigration Advisor Office of International Services

Outline : 

Outline Welcome Review of previous workshop I-901 SEVIS fee US-VISIT 30 day check-in Future J-1 services ¿Questions?


Review All J-1’s are known as “Exchange Visitors” DS-2019 is the main immigration document that establishes J-1 status J-1 Status is different from a J-1 Visa Status: Visitor is allowed to stay in the United States Visa: Visitor is allowed to enter the United States OIS program fees $250 for new and transfer J-1’s $100 for extensions and corrections

Timeline review: 

Timeline review 2 weeks Apply to Cecilia Melendres for DS-2019 ($250) at least 4 weeks Apply for J-1 visa at US Embassy Program Participation EV enters on “Program Start Date” Dept. notifies Cecilia of delayed arrival Up to 3 years Dept. may request extension if necessary ($100) 30 days Dept. notifies Cecilia of early departure (>30 days) Scholar returns home

DS-2019 Application review: 

DS-2019 Application review DS-2019 application is now click-able online Please complete all fields All biographical data At least one e-mail address for the J-1 Include information about previous immigration/visits Be sure to check yes or no re: government funds for USC funded Exchange Visitors Please include USC departmental contact information Please secure at least 2 signatures

DS-2019 Application review con’t: 

DS-2019 Application review con’t Extension applications Be sure to update funding information Please include the J-1’s current local address Minimum funding levels J-1: $1,500/mo. or $18,000/yr. J-2 spouse: $7,000/yr. J-2 children: $3,500/yr./child

J-1 Visa Application review: 

J-1 Visa Application review Local U.S. Embassy is the best source of information Required documents include: Visa application, DS-2019, proof of funding, ties to home country, proof of I-901 SEVIS fee payment Dept. of State advises to allow at least 4 weeks Direct EV’s to OIS website and www.unitedstatesvisas.gov For Visa Waiting times go to: http://travel.state.gov/visa/tempvisitors_wait.php

Travel review: 

Travel review Please have DS-2019 signed before leaving U.S. Travel endorsements are valid for re-entry up to 6 months in the future Some EV’s will be subject to Special Registration and must go through extra check IN and OUT procedures Visas cannot be renewed inside the U.S.

Website Tour review: 

Website Tour review We have worked very hard to put more in-depth and detailed information in the J-1 section of our website Please let us know how we can make the site more useful and user friendly Go to www.usc.edu/student-affairs/OIS and click on J-1Students and Scholars

I-901 SEVIS fee: 

I-901 SEVIS fee Background What is SEVIS Student & Exchange Visitor Information System Who has been paying for SEVIS? How much is the SEVIS fee? $100 When did the SEVIS fee become effective September 1, 2004 What is the purpose of the SEVIS fee? Administer and maintain the SEVIS database Support compliance activities Establish liaison personnel to serve schools and students

I-901 SEVIS fee pg. 2: 

I-901 SEVIS fee pg. 2 Who is required to pay the SEVIS fee? All new J-1 students and scholars All those applying for a Change of Status to J-1 or a Change of Category within the J-1 visa Some J-1’s who are out of status and will apply for reinstatement or re-enter the country J-1 transfers who are coming from a fee exempt institution (government sponsor)

I-901 SEVIS fee pg. 3: 

I-901 SEVIS fee pg. 3 Who is not required to pay the SEVIS fee? Continuing J-1 students and scholars J-2 dependents Those reapplying after being denied visa/entry (within 12 months of denial) J-1 applying for an extension of stay J-1’s transferring from a SEVIS fee institution J-1’s out of status for minor or technical infractions Those filing a motion to reopen a denied change of status application

I-901 SEVIS fee pg. 4: 

I-901 SEVIS fee pg. 4 When must the fee be paid? Before a visa can be issued Before some immigration benefits can be approved How is the fee paid? File form I-901 Online using a major credit card (www.FMJfee.com) By mail using check or credit card Via Western Union “Quick Pay” service At the U.S. consulate abroad (currently China & India only) More information can be found on the OIS website http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/OIS/sevisfee.html

Fee Review: 

Fee Review OIS Program Fee: $100-$250 payable to OIS at time of DS-2019 request I-901 SEVIS Fee: $100 payable to Department of Homeland Security before visa application Visa Application Fee: varies by embassy (approximately $150) payable to Department of State at time visa application is made


US-VISIT What is US-VISIT? United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology Electronic system used to track the entry and exit of non-immigrants visiting the U.S. Why do we have US-VISIT? Homeland Security Act of 2002 mandated an automated entry/exit system Goals of US-VISIT Enhance the security of our citizens and visitors Facilitate legitimate travel and trade Ensure the integrity of our immigration system Protect the privacy of our visitors

US-VISIT pg. 2: 

US-VISIT pg. 2 Who must go through US-VISIT? All non-immigrants entering the U.S. by air or seaport, including visitors on “visa waiver” This will expand to include the 50 busiest land border crossings beginning December 31, 2004, and all remaining land border crossings by December 31, 2005. Exit registration is currently being tested at 15 locations around the country. In California: San Pedro and Long Beach Seaports and San Francisco International Airport If a J-1 leaves via one of these ports, he/she must check-out Eventually exit registration will apply to all non-immigrants at all ports of exit.

US-VISIT pg. 3: 

US-VISIT pg. 3 How does US-VISIT work? Fingerprints are taken of each index finger using a digital inkless scanner A digital photograph is taken U.S. officials review travel documents and ask questions about visitors stay The biometric process should take as little as 15 seconds Entry Instructions Exit Instructions More information can be found on the US-VISIT homepage: http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interapp/editorial/editorial_0435.xml

30 Day Check-in: 

30 Day Check-in All J-1’s must be “validated” within 30 days of the Program Start Date listed on the DS-2019 If they have not yet entered the U.S. we must “amend program” or the DS-2019 will be cancelled OIS still has corrections pending with the government from Jan. and Feb. ’04 for J-1’s who failed to check in on time Late check-in will cause delays and complications with Social Security, payroll, travel, and immigration benefits. It may lead to reinstatement.

30 Day Check-in pg. 2: 

30 Day Check-in pg. 2 OIS has hired a new J-1 student worker, Nathalia, to help maintain the alert list of J-1’s faillng to check in. Please e-mail cmelendr@usc.edu or zmwillia@usc.edu if your scholar or student will not arrive within 10 days of the Program Start Date Please call (323) 442-1841 to schedule a J-1 orientation with Cecilia Melendres J-1’s need to bring the (orange) J-1 Permanent Record form as well as copies of Passport, Visa, I-94 card (both sides), and stamped DS-2019.

Future J-1 Services: 

Future J-1 Services $250 fee is a program fee, not a document fee We are very committed to providing more services as a result of the fee increase So far: Processing time decreased 1 week Student worker hired to maintain processing time and assist with alert list DS-2019 request made click-able Website is being maintained and updated

Future J-1 Services pg. 2: 

Future J-1 Services pg. 2 Some ideas for future services: Listserve or E-newsletter for faculty/staff Bi-monthly J-1 orientation sessions Welcome reception for newly arrived scholars (2x/year) What services would you like to see?




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