Financial Support - Sufficient Funds: All participants must have sufficient funds or financial support to cover living expenses and insurance for their entire programs. The minimum is $1150/month. If dependents are approved, this minimum is increased by $500/month for a spouse and $333/month for each child.
2-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement: J-1 visa holders who are on a special skills list or sponsored by the US Government or their home governments are subject to Section 212(e) of the Immigration Act, which states they are not eligible for an H or L visa, or legal permanent resident status until they have spent 2 years in their countries of residence. They may still be eligible for other visa classifications during that period.
Mandatory Health Insurance: Health insurance meeting US State Department minimum requirements is mandatory for all J-1 visa holders. Failure to have this insurance during any period of the program is a violation of immigration status.
10-Day Notice of Any Move:International visitors must report any move to a new residence or location within 10 days of the move. IVP Program Specialists must enter the new address into the SEVIS system within 10 days. Visitors who do not report moves are considered in violation of their immigrations status and their programs can be terminated.
Travel Outside the US During Program: J-1 Visa holders must have their DS-2019 form endorsed by an IVP Program Specialist/Alternate Responsible Officer before traveling outside the US if they intend to return to the US in J-1 status.
Changes in Program Site or Activities: Any new sites of activity must be reported to an IVP Program Specialist before the activity begins. Any activities not covered by original program description must be reviewed and approved to ensure compliance with regulations.
Program Progress Reports: Long-term visitors must complete progress reports and final evaluations. Short-term visitors must complete final evaluations.
Program Completion and Departure Reports: Participants must report their final departure dates to an IVP Program Specialist. Failure to leave within 30 days after the program end date is considered ‘overstaying a visa’ and can result in future denials of applications for any classification of visa to enter the USA.
Dependents (J-2 Visa Holders): If approved by the program host, a spouse or children under age 21 can accompany the J-1 program participant as long as sufficient funding has been demonstrated. Dependents are subject to all J-1 regulations, including the 2-year home country presence requirement.
Employment and Taxes: Employment outside official program activities is strictly prohibited. International Visitors are responsible for complying with US tax law and reporting earnings as appropriate for their situation.
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MPORTANT NOTE: Failure to abide by any of these rules can result in program termination and deportation from the United States .