As a J-1 scholar in the United States, you are responsible for maintaining and understanding your immigration status. This includes reading your immigration documents and asking questions when you have them. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) is here to help you.


Check-in with OISSS in person upon arrival by attending a mandatory orientation session.

Maintain Valid Immigration Documents

Keep your passport valid and begin the process to renew within 6 months of the expiration date. Also know the end date of your DS-2019 and be sure that you apply for any extensions before this date.

Maintain Health Insurance

Purchase and maintain health insurance that meets the Department of State immigration requirements.

Report Updates

Update all contact information (such as change in address, phone number, or email) within 10 days of the change. Also update OISSS with any changes to your status, research, or teaching.

Participate in Cross-Cultural Exchange

Participate in cross-cultural exchange activities on or around the campus. This can include attending Bradley lectures, attending international festivals, or traveling to nearby towns or cities and learning about the culture or history.

Do Not Work Illegally

Most scholars at Bradley do not have employment as part of their program. If you believe that your program includes employment or payment, contact OISSS. All employment must be directly related to your program’s original objectives. You must receive prior permission from OISSS from receiving any form of payment or reimbursement for services or employment.

Travel Outside the U.S. With Permission

Request a travel signature from OISSS before traveling outside of the U.S.

Avoid Criminal Activity

Obey all federal, state, and local laws, along with the applicable immigration laws. If you are arrested and charged with a crime, it is recommended that you consult with an immigration attorney/lawyer.