Maintaining J-1 Status

Maintaining J-1 Status

J-1 Exchange Visitors must understand and adhere to the rules governing maintenance of Status. Gravity International Programs Inc. (GIP) works closely with our J-1 participants to monitor data reported in SEVIS, and advise exchange visitors on maintaining valid status. J-1 visitors are responsible for understanding and following the rules and regulations governing their J-1 status, as well as J-2 status for accompanying dependents.

To maintain J-1 nonimmigrant Status, you must: 

  • Maintain valid passport, Form DS-2019, and I-94 record of arrival throughout the duration of J-1 program.
  • Notify GIP of any changes of address and/or telephone number & email within 10 days of the change.
  • Must attend your program and adhere to your program plan (DS-7002). Any major changes to your program plan (DS- 7002) must be approved by GIP.
  • Do not engage in any unauthorized employment. Unauthorized employment will result in termination of the J-1 record.
  • Maintain sufficient health insurance coverage for yourself and any J-2 dependent for the duration of the program.
  • Complete and submit program evaluations. Evaluation is required by both the Exchange Program participant and the host company supervisor. Less than 6 months (only Final Evolution) More than 6 months (Midpoint and Final Evolutions). 

  • Understand your grace period. You will have a grace period of up to 30 days after your program ends. 1) You can use this time to travel the U.S., 2) Re-entry to the U.S. is not possible during the 30-day- grace period, 3) You may not work or train during this 30-day- grace period.
  • If, for any reason, your J-1 program is terminated, you are expected to depart the U.S. immediately, the 30-day- grace period is not applicable in this case.
  • If you decide to travel outside the U.S. during your J-Program and re-enter the U.S. you must have a valid multiple entry visa, and must have your DS-2019 Travel Validation Section signed by GIP Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer. Submit a request for travel validation at least 3 weeks prior to intended travel through our mobile application or portal. 

In General, you must respect and follow your U.S. federal, state, and local laws, GIP policies and regulations, as well as your host company policies and regulations at all times.

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