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Program Start & End Dates

Permission to stay in the US is indicated on the I-94 departure record, which the visitor prints after they enter the US by going to   It indicates the date and port of entry to the US, the immigration classification (J1) and the date until which the Exchange Visitor is allowed to remain in the US. 

For most J-1 Exchange Visitors, the term “D/S” (Duration of Status) is recorded on the I-94 and DS-2019.  This means the Exchange Visitor may continue in program activities until the end date on the DS-2019.  No official program activities or work can take place after this program end date; however, Exchange Visitors are given a grace period of 30 days after the program end date to depart the USA.

The program end date on the DS-2019 is very important!  If an EV wishes to remain in the US beyond this date, to extend the current program or transfer to another program, it must be done before the program end date.  Unit hosts should consult with the IP office to request program extensions. 

Overstaying one’s status (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. 

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


Next Program Regulation:30-Day Grace Period

> If you have any questions, please contact:

  • Brenda Dean , International Visitor Program Coordinator, Responsible Officer, (202) 644-4640,
  • Rima Eid, International Visitor Program Specialist, Alternate Responsible Officer, (202)644-4642,
  • Kristin Corcoran, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4643,
  • Misty Sidhu, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4645,
  • Lee Blaser, International Visitor Program Specialist, (202) 644-4631,
> Click here and read about latest activities and news of the International Visitor Program.

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