J-1 exchange visitors must check in with the International Office within 3 days of their program start date. This includes all J-1exchange visitors (paid or unpaid by the university). If the SEVIS record is not activated within 30 days of the program start date, the Scholar is out of status and must leave the country. The start date is found on the form DS-2019.
If an exchange visitor is unable to make the arrival date listed on the DS-2019, the exchange visitor or the host department must contact the International Office so that the entry date can be deferred in the SEVIS system. If this is not done, when the Scholar attempts to check in beyond the 30 day grace period, the International Office will not be able to activate the record in SEVIS. It is, therefore, critical for exchange visitors to communicate with their host department and the International Office to confirm the arrival date.
J-1 exchange visitors must report to the International Office Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Upon check in, the Scholar should present their passport, visa, I-94, and the U.S. address where they are staying. The address must be for a residence. It cannot be a P.O. Box or an office address. It can be a "care of" address.