Student Member
Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
August 1 - 3, 2023 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration Closed

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 principal 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

  • "Great workshop. I both learned new things and also had regulations re-enforced." - Annual Conference participant
  • "This was my very first introduction to information about J-1. They laid out the basics, including general vocabulary, which really helped me." - Annual Conference participant
  • "The encouragement of table discussions helped me learn from experiences that others had, as well as things to look out for! I enjoyed the conversation." - Annual Conference participant
  • "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." - Annual Conference workshop participant
  • "Good overview of the basic of the J program with hints at more advanced knowledge." - Annual Conference participant
  • "The trainers did a wonderful job of balancing the content with thoughtful participant engagement and useful small group exercises." - 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.