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International Student and Scholar Services
Learn more about getting your visa, planning your arrival date, and finding housing.
Discover what you need to do once you arrive at the University of Minnesota.
The DS-2019 and your passport and entry visa are important legal documents.
ISSS sends the ISSS Scholar Update monthly to share important updates.
Some visa holders are required to return home for at least two years after their program.
The 24 and 12 Month Bars affect when you can participate again in a J exchange visitor program.
You must comply with visa regulations. Not doing so could result in the loss of legal status.
You will need an extension to continue your J-1 scholar activities/work beyond the current end date on your DS-2019.
You are required to purchase UMN health insurance for you and your dependents.
You must follow these procedures to transfer to or from the University of Minnesota.
ISSS is required to notify SEVIS when you end your program, transfer, or change visa status.
Travel within the United States and to U.S. territories is not restricted.
You will need certain documents to re-enter the U.S.
J-2 dependents may travel with or without the J-1 primary visa holder.
You may not work without proper work authorization. Work options are limited.
You are required to receive authorization before beginning.
Your spouse and children younger than 21 are eligible to accompany you to the U.S.
Learn more about being a J-1 scholar at the University of Minnesota.
ISSS is a unit of the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the central international office for the University of Minnesota system.
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