Current J-1 Scholars
For a J-1 scholar maintaining J status correctly, they may, under specific circumstances, have the option to extend the program or transfer the program to another institution. A scholar may also end the program early if necessary, or bring in J-2 dependents who did not arrive with the J-1 initially.
Extending a J-1 scholar program
Extensions of a J program may be granted if the scholar has not exceeded the time limit of their J category and they are able to meet the funding and insurance requirements for themselves and any J-2 dependents.
Note: Extending the J-1 principal's form DS-2019 will automatically extend the form DS-2019(s) for any accompanying J-2 dependent(s).
After discussion with the ISO to determine if this is the appropriate course of action, please submit the following form (checklist enclosed in form):
Bringing dependents in J-2 visa status
Only the spouse and children of the J-1 principal are eligible for the J-2 visa status. The minimum amount of financial support required for each J-2 dependent is currently an additional $500 per person, per month. This figure does not include the cost of health insurance which, for a family, can be very expensive if health insurance will not be provided to the J-1 principal as a benefit of their appointment.
Please use the following:
J-1 Scholar Dependent Questionnaire (one per dependent)
Transferring a J-1 scholar out of the University of Rochester
If a J-1 scholar has been offered an appointment at another institution, they should contact an ISO Scholar Services advisor immediately to confirm their eligibility to transfer and for coordination of the transfer. The J-1 should also discuss their plans with an international advisor at the new institution. The transfer is processed through an update in the J-1 scholar's Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record and must be completed before the end date noted at the current DS-2019.
Leaving the UR
Each J-1 scholar is required to complete and submit to the ISO a Scholar Departure Form before they make their final departure from the University. You are also responsible to notify the ISO if your J-2 dependent(s) has made their final departure from the US. This update can be made by sending an update to firstname.lastname@example.org.