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Transfer of J Scholars and Student-Interns

Eligibility

  • The scholar or Student-Intern must be in the U.S. on a J-1 visa. If not, see Change of Status.
  • The J scholar category must remain the same (I.e. Research Scholar, Professor, Short-term Scholar, or Student-Intern). If not, see Change of Category.
  • Their J-1 activities have to be a continuation of the original purpose. In other words, they have to be continuing the work/research that they were doing at the previous institution.
  • If they have been approved by the Department of State for a waiver from the 2-year home residency requirement , they are not eligible for a transfer.
  • If the scholar or Student-Intern has violated their legal status he/she will not be eligible to have their visa status transferred. Instead, the University of Minnesota will issue a new DS-2019 to begin a new program (not a transfer DS-2019) that the scholar or Student-Intern must use to a) reenter the U.S. to regain legal status or b) apply to the Dept of Homeland Security for Reinstatement of legal status.

Transfer to the University of Minnesota, if eligible

The University of Minnesota cannot issue the DS-2019 until the scholar's current sponsor processes an electronic “transfer out” of the person's SEVIS record. The scholar needs to discuss with their current sponsor the transfer “effective date”. That date should be the date that the UMN becomes the new sponsor.

Please note: The effective date of the transfer can not be later than the end date of the DS-2019 issued by the current sponsor.

Current Sponsor (not UMN) Procedures:

The scholar or Student-Intern meets with his/her current J-1 sponsor to discuss their intent to transfer to the University of Minnesota and to determine a SEVIS transfer “effective date”.

J-1 Scholar: Procedure at the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota hosting department submits an application for an initial DS-2019 to ISSS. In the Prospective J-1 Scholar Application), the department indicates that the scholar is transferring to the UMN from another Sponsor/US institution and writes the contact information of the J-1 Responsible Officer at the scholar's current sponsor/institution.

ISSS receives the application, reviews it, and contacts the J-1 Responsible Officer at the scholar's current sponsor/institution requesting the release of the scholar to the UMN, Twin Cities.

See Inviting a J-1 Scholar or or Inviting a J-1 Student-Intern.

Once the transfer becomes effective, the scholar must immediately report to our office. ISSS is required to report the scholar's participation in the University of Minnesota J program via SEVIS within 30 days of the program start date specified on their DS-2019. Due to processing time required, s/he must report to ISSS within 25 days of their start date.

At that time, the University of Minnesota will be able to access the scholar's SEVIS record and prepare a University of Minnesota DS-2019.

Upon arrival to the University of Minnesota campus, the scholar must report to ISSS for Immigration Check-In and bring his/her passport, I-94, previous DS-2019(s), U of MN DS-2019, and J-2 dependent documents, if applicable.

If the scholar is planning to travel outside the U.S. before continuing their program activity at the University of Minnesota, s/he should use the University of Minnesota DS-2019 for re-entry. S/he must have a valid J-1 entry visa stamp and must be prepared to document the funding resources noted on the DS-2019. If this is the scholar's intention, s/he needs to contact ISSS and inform a J adviser of his/her plans. ISSS will not be able to issue the new DS-2019 until the transfer effective date.

J-1 Student-Intern: Procedure at the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota hosting department begins by submitting documents to ISSS to determine Student-Intern’s eligibility. In the Prospective Student-Intern Eligibility form, the Student-Intern indicates that he/she is currently in the U.S. as a J-1 Student-Intern at another Sponsor/US institution and writes the contact information of the J-1 Responsible Officer at the Student-Intern’s current sponsor/institution.

ISSS receives the application, reviews it, and contacts the J-1 Responsible Officer at the Student-Intern’s current sponsor/institution requesting the release of the Student-Intern to the UMN, Twin Cities.

See Inviting a J-1 Student-Intern for all required steps and application documents.

Once the transfer becomes effective, the Student-Intern must immediately report to our office. ISSS is required to report the Student-Intern’s participation in the University of Minnesota J program via SEVIS within 30 days of the program start date specified on their DS-2019. Due to processing time required, s/he must report to ISSS within 25 days of their start date.

At that time, the University of Minnesota will be able to access the Student-Intern’s SEVIS record and prepare a University of Minnesota DS-2019.

Upon arrival to the University of Minnesota campus, the Student-Intern must report to ISSS for Immigration Check-In and bring his/her passport, I-94, previous DS-2019(s), U of MN DS-2019, and J-2 dependent documents, if applicable.

If the Student-Intern is planning to travel outside the U.S. before continuing their program activity at the University of Minnesota, s/he should use the University of Minnesota DS-2019 for re-entry. S/he must have a valid J-1 entry visa stamp and must be prepared to document the funding resources noted on the University of Minnesota DS-2019. If this is the Student-Intern’s intention, s/he needs to contact ISSS and inform a J adviser of his/her plans. ISSS will not be able to issue the new DS-2019 until the transfer effective date.

 

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