immigration and travel
As a student or scholar carrying a J-1 visa, you are already familiar with the
which you used to apply for your visa.
This was issued by Furman and provides proof that you were invited by
Furman to come to the United States. When
your visa was approved,
you received a
passport. It is important that both the visa stamp and
passport stay up-to-date. Once your visa stamp expires, you can arrange to get a new
stamp at any U.S. embassy or consulate outside
of the U.S. It is OK if your visa stamp
expires while you are in the U.S. You must have an updated one to
the country. Additionally, you should always apply with
your home country's government to renew
your passport at least six months
before it expires.
At your port of entry into the U.S., an
immigration official also stamped a white
I-94 Departure Record
card and likely stapled
that into your passport. This is your proof
of arrival in the U.S.
and you will be required
to surrender it at the airport or border any time you leave the country. If you are only
leaving for a vacation from school, you will
receive a new I-94 Departure Record card
when you return.
Any time you leave the U.S., you must
be sure that the travel authorization line on the front
page of your Form DS-2019 has
been signed within the last six months
by someone from our office. You must also carry with you the four original documents mentioned above. It is advisable to carry
photocopies of all the documents with you. Be sure that our office has copies of your most recent documents.
When you arrived in the United States, your immigration documents were marked with a
stamp that says “D/S,” an abbreviation for “Duration of Status.” This means that you can
legally remain in the U.S. as long as you comply with the terms of
your J-1 visa, that is,
as long as you maintain status. In order to
assure that we can
communicate with you and
help you to maintain status, it is imperative that you keep our office informed with your most recent contact information
check your e-mail regularly. Most correspondence from our office will be by e-mail.
Federal requirements state that
to maintain status, you must:
- Report to our office within
of your program start date listed on
your Form DS-2019 so that you can
be registered with the federal government as complying with visa regulations.
- Engage in activities consistent with your
J-1 visa category. Students must carry a
full load of classes and scholars or professors must research and/or teach.
- Refrain from unauthorized work.
- Maintain health insurance. This requires purchasing Furman’s plan or having an
alternate plan approved by Financial Services
- Maintain a valid passport (renew at least six months before it will expire) and I-94
- When traveling abroad, always return in
proper J-1 status. If
your visa will expire
before you re-enter the U.S., this will require getting a new visa stamp in your
- If you move, report a change of address to our office within 10 days of the change.
- Obey all state and federal laws.
- File timely requests with our office
for program extension
and other benefit.