Maintain your J-1 Visa Status

You must maintain your lawful J-1 status during your time at Missouri S&T.

Failure to comply with requirements may affect your ability to remain in or return to the United States. 

All requests related to your immigration status are available in your ISSS Gateway Portal.

Use your Provided Email Address to login or contact with any questions or concerns. 

  • Enter the United States in the 30-day grace period before your Program Start Date. Your DS-2019 will need to be updated if you plan to arrive after the start of your program. 
  • Complete the SEVIS Program Validation Process with your ARO (listed on your DS-2019 as the Alternate Responsible Officer). 
  • Attend Visiting Scholar Orientation via Zoom, or request to meet in person.
  • Report any changes in address (both your U.S. and foreign address) within ten days. 
  • Maintain a valid passport. Passports may be renewed by your embassy located in the United States.
  • All employment activity must be authorized – do not participate in unauthorized employment.
  • Update all job responsibilities to your international advisor.
  • If you plan to travel outside of the U.S., obtain the necessary signatures on your DS-2019. 
  • Work with your academic department to report any changes to your J-1 program (ex: program activity, non-paid/paid appointment, financial support, site of activity, early completion/termination, etc.).
  • If you wish to end your program early at Missouri S&T and transfer to another institution, request a SEVIS Transfer Out.
  • Pay close attention to the ending date on your DS-2019 and DO NOT allow it to expire.
  • If your appointment at Missouri S&T needs to be extended, your academic department must submit an Exchange Visitor Extension Form to International Enrollment within 60 days before the expiration date. Visiting scholars are expected to return to their home country upon completion of their program to share their exchange experiences as per the Home Country Physical Presence Requirement under U.S. law.
  • If you are subject to the 2-year foreign residence requirement of INA 212(e), your accompanying spouse or child will also be subject to that requirement.
  • Depart the United States within 30 days of the end date listed on your DS-2019 form.