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PROGRAM REGULATIONS:
Notification of Departure (Program Completion and Termination)

An Exchange Visitor must complete all program and work-related activities as of the program end date on the DS-2019. The Exchange Visitor has an additional 30 days after the official end date to depart the country. This grace period of 30 days is meant to allow time to prepare for departure, travel and engage in cultural exchange activities.

If for any reason an Exchange Visitor plans to finish the program before the actual end date on the DS-2019, s/he must inform the hosting unit and International Programs. This is important as SEVIS records may need to be adjusted. This may affect future applications and eligibility for J-1 status.

Overstaying one’s visa (i.e. program end date + 30-day grace period) is a SERIOUS immigration violation that almost always has long-term consequences. Any future visa applications are likely to be denied, regardless of the visa classification or purpose of visit to the USA .

When preparing for the completion of a program and stay, the hosting department and the exchange visitor should prepare a Departure Report and submit it to International Programs. Exchange Visitors should complete program requirements, close all accounts and settle outstanding obligations or commitments. Failure to do so could result in being classified as ineligible for reentry to the USA . Here is a check list of reminders:

Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-2) Status: Form DS-2019
Program Start and End Dates
30-Day Grace Period
Financial Support - Sufficient Funds
2-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement
24-Month Bar
Mandatory Health Insurance
Required Check In and Validation
10-Day Notice of Any Move
Notification of Changes in Program Sites or Activities
Travel Outside the US During Program
Program Progress Reports
Notification of Departure
Dependents (J-2 Visa Holders)
Employment and Taxes
  • Departure Report for International Programs
  • Visit to or communication with IP Office to check on SEVIS record & closeout
  • Accommodations: clean housing, close out leases/rent, return keys, close accounts/utilities, obtain returns of deposit
  • Submit Change of Address Form. Provide forwarding addresses & contact information to hosting unit, IP, etc.
  • Supply Post Office with Change of Address Form (forward home mail to trusted friend or colleague)
  • Submit final reports/documents
  • Request letters of recommendation (if applicable)

Departure Report Form

Change of Address Form

Next Program Regulation: Dependents


If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Brenda Dean , International Visitor Program Coordinator, Responsible Officer, (202) 644-4640, bdean@fs.fed.us
  • Rima Eid, International Visitor Program Specialist, Alternate Responsible Officer, (202)644-4642, rimaeid@fs.fed.us
  • Kristin Corcoran, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4643, kacorcoran@fs.fed.us
  • Misty Sidhu, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4645, mksidhu@fs.fed.us
  • Ashlee Jackson, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4644, ashleejackson@fs.fed.us
  • Lee Blaser, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4631, leeablaser@fs.fed.us


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