Your research or other program objectives must be able to be conducted in-person at least partially in order to be able to come to the U.S. and begin your J-1 program. You cannot travel to the U.S. to begin a J-1 program that will be completely remote. This is based on the latest guidance from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) from June 25, 2020 that says sponsors must meet formal in-person requirements before hosting new participants.
This depends on your employment status (e.g. mandatory, non-mandatory, salary, hourly, etc.). Please review the University HR COVID-19 resources and contact HR if you have any specific questions not addressed in the resources on the HR website.
NC State has implemented a COVID-19 testing protocol for the Spring 2021 semester. Effective January 26, 2021, all international travelers will need to get tested no more than 3 days prior to travel by air into the United States and show negative results to the airline before boarding your flight, or in lieu of a negative test result provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 in the form of a recent positive viral test and a letter from your healthcare provider or public health official that you were cleared to travel.
In addition, all arriving international travelers must get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home to self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
IMPORTANT: Even if you test negative, you must self-quarantine for the full 7 days. If you test positive, you should isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. If you are unable to get tested upon entry, travelers are advised to self-quarantine for 10 full days after travel. In all circumstances, travelers are advised to avoid being around other people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days.
A helpful FAQ has also been provided by the CDC, in addition to guidance issued by the U.S. Department of State. OIS is unable to provide additional guidance regarding testing outside of the U.S. or requirements for boarding other than what is mentioned here.
All students and scholars are reminded of the COVID-19 community standards that require compliance with all directions given by university officials and public health authorities.
Before you travel, please review the “Can/Should I travel internationally?” section of our COVID-19 FAQ for advice and considerations on international travel.
Travel Signature Validity: Travel signatures for active J-1 scholars/student interns are valid for one year from the date of the signature. If your DS-2019 is up to date (i.e. nothing has changed and you have not been issued a new DS-2019) and you have a current travel signature on your DS-2019 that will be less than one year old on the date of your return to the U.S., you do not need to do anything further.
Travel Signature Requests: A travel signature is essentially documentation from OIS that shows you have permission to travel and return to your program because you are in good standing with respect to your academic and immigration status. EVP confirmed during a call on March 27th, 2020 that the original DS-2019 document, with ink signature, is needed when applying for a visa or entering the U.S.
To request a travel signature, please complete this request form. OIS will process your request and email you a scanned copy of a new DS-2019 with a travel signature within 5 business days. Please respond to this email with how you would like to receive your original document (OIS can send it via standard USPS mail, FedEx, UPS, or DHL). It is important to allow not only enough
If you need more time to complete your research, you may be eligible for a program extension. Keep in mind that the maximum program duration varies based on your J-1 category as follows:
- Research Scholar: 5 years
- Short Term Scholar: 6 months
- Student Intern: 12 months
Your J-1 category is indicated on your DS-2019 in section 4. If additional time is available according to your J-1 category, please work with your sponsoring department to submit a DS-2019 request Part B along with the required supporting documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information about the scholar program extension process here.
All scholars who complete their program have a 30-day grace period following the DS-2019 end date. During this grace period you have the following options:
- Prepare to depart the U.S. – we recommend you depart the U.S. if your home country is allowing its citizens to return and has not completely closed its borders. For assistance in securing a flight home, please contact your home country’s embassy.
- Consult an OIS advisor to discuss any other options depending on your personal situation including an extension of your J-1 category beyond max stay, a change of J-1 category, or a change of status to something other than J-1 depending on your subjectivity to the 212(e) home residency requirement.
This will depend on your child’s school and whether the school is still operational. If your child’s school is still operational and your child is not exhibiting any symptoms of illness, they may continue to attend school. If your child is ill, they should stay home from school. Please be in communication with your child’s school and follow all instructions provided to you regarding restricted activities, school closings, etc.
Yes, USCIS is still accepting applications for J-2 dependents to receive work authorization. Please email your OIS assigned advisor to schedule a phone call or Zoom meeting to discuss this process further.
Yes, if you would like to request a J-2 DS-2019 please submit an I-20/DS-2019 request form along with the required supporting documentation (listed on the form) to OIS via email, at email@example.com. You should keep in mind that there are current travel restrictions for certain countries. Additionally visa processing may be delayed in some areas. For up-to-date travel information please refer to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.