J-1 Advising for Beginners


This essential training, geared for the new Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer, covers all of the basic regulatory aspects of the J Exchange Visitor Program. New advisers will gain a relevant overview of the current regulatory issues as well as the opportunity to think through how these concepts are applied to your specific educational context.

Workshop Objectives

  • Describe principle components and characteristics of the Exchange Visitor Program.
  • Identify resources to assist with J program administration.
  • Resolve basic exchange visitor issues, problems, and situations.

Workshop Agenda

  • Understanding the J program
  • Introduction to SEVIS
  • DS-2019 preparation
  • Sending pre-arrival information
  • Obtaining J-1 status
  • Orientation
  • Maintaining J status
  • Work authorization
  • Two-year home country residence requirement
  • J-2 dependents
  • Extensions, transfers, and end of program issues

What Participants Are Saying

  • This session was great.The trainers were patient, respectful of each other and the trainees, and very entertaining...the day flew by! I feel confident to advise J-1 students/scholars/etc. in my role. I think the biggest takeaway was gaining new colleagues in the trainers to ask questions to in the future.  -2017 Annual Conference workshop participant
  • Good overview of the basic of the J program with hints at more advanced knowledge. -2017 Annual Conference participant
  • The trainers did a wonderful job of balancing the content with thoughtful participant engagement and useful small group exercises. -2016 On-site workshop participant


International student and scholar advisers, new Responsible Officers (RO) and Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO), and administrators working with an existing J-1 program.