SEVIS Program Validation - Maintain your J-1 Visa Status

Current Scholar Information

Welcome to Missouri S&T! We want to make sure that you gain the most from your time here, so feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns that you may have before, during, or after your time at Missouri S&T. Please don’t hesitate to utilize the resources that the International Enrollment (IA) can provide to you.


It is important that you 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. Listed below are steps you can take to ensure you remain in status while in the United States, you can also view the orientation presentation provided to you upon arrival here: Research Scholar Orientation.

  • Enter the United States within the start date listed on your DS-2019 form (item #3). NEVER enter after your start date. Update your DS-2019 by requesting a modified start date with your department.
  • Check-in with International Enrollment located at 106 Centennial Hall immediately upon your arrival into the United States, you may submit all items via email: passport, visa, I-94 record, and Signed DS-2019.
  • Attend Visiting Scholar Orientation via zoom, or request to meet in person.
  • You are required to keep your physical address updated with International Enrollment. Report any changes in address (both your U.S. and foreign address) within ten days. Even if you report this information in My HR, you need to contact your international advisor.
  • 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.
  • For housing information please see a guide for international students here. The same documents and process would be required for Visiting/Research Scholars. 
  • If you plan to travel outside of the U.S., contact International Enrollment to obtain the necessary signatures on your DS-2019. You will need to complete the Travel and Extended Travel Authorization Form
  • 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, you will need to complete the Visiting Scholar Transfer Out Form**
  • 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 prior to 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.

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