You must have official permission from an ISSS advisor to:
Any of the following will cause an international student to be in violation of their non-immigrant status. Pay close attention and make sure that none of these happen to you:
You are. It is your responsibility to know the rules that affect your status. Please contact ISSS if you need more information. You may also need to contact the institution that helped you gain your status. The U.S. government will hold you accountable to know the rules, to understand them, and to follow them. ISSS can help by making the information available to you through this website and through publications, but only you can educate yourself about the regulations and seek advice as needed. Help us help you. If at any time you are unsure about the rules, ask questions and keep asking until you understand your rights and responsibilities. ISSS is here to help.
All J-1 exchange visitors are required to have health/medical insurance in effect for themselves and any accompanying dependents in J-2 status for the entire time that they are in the U.S. as exchange visitors. Minimum insurance coverage must provide:
The New School health insurance plan meets these minimums, but it cannot be used to cover your dependent(s). For more information about the New School health insurance plan for students, please contact the Student Health Insurance Manager, Jeanette Krupinsky, in Student Health Services, 135 East 12th Street, at 212.229.1671.
If you plan to bring a dependent, ask ISSS about our packet of brochures from private health insurance companies. J-1 students must have appropriate health insurance that meets the minimum requirements set by the U.S. Department of State. It is highly recommended that your insurance plan is reviewed by the Student Health Insurance Manager to ensure comparable coverage.
Note to graduate students: We do not recommend waiving the health insurance fee or the plan unless you have comparable coverage.
Also known as "212(e)," this requires some individuals who enter the U.S. to return to their home countries for at least two years before they can qualify for the following: H, L, and immigrant visas. However, even with 212(e) in effect, internationals can still apply for B Tourist and Business Visitor visas, F Student visas, and J Exchange Visitor visas. This residency requirement is noted on the bottom left-hand corner of the exchange visitor's DS-2019 upon entry to the U.S. All exchange visitors who are sponsored by their home government or the U.S. government and those who have skills that are listed as "highly valued" in their home country are subject to this requirement.
United States Department of StateOffice of Exchange Coordination and Designation
ECA/EC/AG - SA-44, room 820
301 4th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20547
Please feel free to contact Mr. Martinez or Ms. Dickerson at this email address if you have any questions or concerns.
The Department of State is the branch of government that administers the Exchange Visitor Program.
This is the official name of the program for which an individual is issued a DS-2019 and granted J-1 status. Visit the Exchange Visitor Program page
This is the institution or agency, authorized by DOS, that has issued
your Form DS-2019. You must report to this institution to comply with
This is the individual at the sponsoring institution authorized to
approve all program activities of J-1 exchange visitors. The RO at The
New School can be reached at ISSS.
Individuals granted entry to the U.S. on an Exchange Visitor Program.
The Department of Homeland Security is a branch of the government office that has authority over all aliens in the U.S.
This is the form issued by your sponsoring institution. You use it to
obtain and renew J-1 visa and J-1 exchange visitor status. It states
your program sponsor, dates authorized in the program, and your
classification. The dates on the Form DS-2019 must be kept valid.
Your home country issues this document. This document is valuable and
must be kept in a safe place. Replacement and renewal can be done
through your home country's consul here in New York City. Your passport
must be kept valid for up to six months after your intended stay in the
This is the entry permit stamped or affixed to a page inside your
passport by a U.S. consular officer. It is only used to enter the U.S.
and does not need to be renewed while you are in this country. However,
an expired visa must be renewed if you go outside the U.S. and plan to
return. A new visa can only be obtained outside the U.S.
This is your electronic admission record to the U.S., which is retrieved from www.cbp.gov/i94
after arrival in the U.S. It shows the date and place of your most
recent U.S. entry and is used by DHS to record when you enter and leave
the U.S. This is surrendered to DHS or an airline employee each time you
leave the U.S.
This is the 11-digit number assigned to you by DHS. It is on the I-94
record. You will keep this same number during your time as an exchange
visitor in the U.S., unless you travel outside of the U.S.
This notation on your I-94 record stands for "Duration of Status." D/S
signifies that you have been admitted to the U.S. for the period during
which you are pursuing a full course of study with a valid Form DS-2019
plus a 30-day period within which you must depart the U.S. or begin
This important tax identification number is required of all employees in
the U.S. An application and information on how and where to apply is
available from ISSS.
International Student and Scholar Services72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor (Map)ISS@newschool.eduPhone: 212.229.5592Fax: 212.229.8992
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