- Maintain Your Program Objective
Your Form DS-2019 and J-1 visa were issued based on a specific academic objective agreed upon between you and your host department at Marquette University. This program objective cannot change during your J-1 status.
- You must be engaged full-time (at least 32 hours per week) in the internship at Marquette University.
- The internship activities must not duplicate your prior experience.
- You must return to your academic program and obtain a degree from the home institution after completion of the student internship program.
- Your internship cannot be authorized for more than 12 months for each degree/major.
- Your Marquette faculty host must submit the required evaluation of your performance at the conclusion of the internship. Internships lasting more than six months require a mid-point evaluation.
- Keep your documents valid and up to date.
Do not let them expire. This includes your passport and Form DS-2019. If any of your documents will expire while you are in the U.S., or if you wish to extend your stay at Marquette, contact a Responsible Officer at OIE as early as possible. Extensions must be completed prior to the end date on your Form DS-2019.
- Report Change of Address and Contact Information.
You are required to report your local residence address, phone, and email to OIE so that the SEVIS database is updated and accurate. Any change of address or other contact information must be reported to OIE within 10 days.
- Check Your Visa Documents Before Travel Outside the U.S.
Before departing from the U.S. for a temporary absence of 30 days or less, make sure that you and your dependents have a valid Travel signature on your Forms DS-2019. This signature, along with a valid passport and J visa, will allow reentery to the U.S. during your program. (Dependents with these documents can reenter the U.S. with or without the J-1 visa holder.)
To obtain a travel signature, J-1 visa holders should complete the J-1 Travel Form linked below and bring it to OIE with their current Form DS-2019 and passport at least two weeks before they plan to leave the U.S. Appointments are not needed.
Travel for more than 30 days generally results in the end of the visitor’s exchange program unless the the “J-1 Scholar/Researcher Out of Country Work Request” form is properly completed and approved in advance. This permission/form, which should be requested from OIE at least one month before departure, requires that the following conditions are met:
- The purpose of the trip abroad is to continue the activity of the exchange visitor’s program
- The exchange visitor will continue to be supervised by their MU host during their absence
- The exchange visitor will maintain their health insurance while away
- Any J-2 dependents will depart the U.S. with the J-1 exchange visitor
- Maintain Your Health Insurance.
Students, Scholars and all accompanying family members with J-2 status are required to maintain health insurance during their entire stay in the U.S. Failure to maintain insurance can result in the termination of your exchange program.
- Notify OIE of Early Departure or Transfer.
If you will complete your program and return home before the end date on your Form DS-2019, you must notify a Responsible Officer at OIE and your host department of your intended departure date. If you are planning to transfer to another institution, please contact a Responsible Officer at OIE in advance to initiate the transfer process
- Notify OIE of J-2 Family Member Departures.
Scholars must notify a Responsible Officer at OIE if a dependent with J-2 status will return home permanently before the end of the Scholars exchange program. Temporary travel does not need to be reported, but a travel signature should be requested.
- What is the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program?
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Categories
- How to Host a J-1 Exchange Visitor
- Resources for J-1 Exchange Visitors
- J-1 Regulatory Information