Course
Student Member
$308
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$420
Nonmember
$560
Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
September 1 - 30, 2020 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today
October 1 - 31, 2020 12:00 am - 11:59 pm Register Today

Please sign up for the course before registration end date. All end dates are final due to migrations of cohorts into the courses.


This four-week, self-paced course provides a general overview of the fundamentals needed to advise J-1 Exchange Visitors to help them maintain their status during their stay in the United States. You will learn regulatory terminology, concepts and the documentation needed for orientation, SEVIS reporting, and other administrative requirements.

Who Should Register?

New international student and scholar advisers, admissions staff, and those who would like to understand the basics of the Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) role.

Please purchase this course with your credit card through the NAFSA Shop. Please note that we are no longer able to process paper registrations and payments submitted via fax due to strict stay-at-home orders recently issued for Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Course Objectives

  • Interpret and apply J category immigration regulations to a variety of exchange visitor categories and situations.
  • Advise exchange visitors on J program requirements to acquire and maintain status through potential program changes such as extension, transfer, matriculation, and termination.
  • Facilitate the administrative requirements of the J-1 program including forms and documentation, the bars, SEVIS reporting, and orientation.

Modules and Learning Outcomes

Six self-paced learning modules offer valuable tips in key regulatory areas such as pre-arrival and arrival information, 212 (e) and the bars, work authorization, and many other program changes like extensions of stay and transfer procedures. Frequently asked questions, a companion workbook, and self-tests are also included. In addition, you will learn where to find and access key resources to continue your learning after the conclusion of the course.

Module 1: Overview
Module 2: SEVIS
Module 3: Pre-arrival and Arrival
Module 4: Ongoing Events
Module 5: 212(e) and the Bars
Module 6: Program Changes