University of California, Riverside

International Students and Scholars Office

Maintaining Your J Visa Status

All Scholars are responsible for maintaining his/ her status and eligibility to work and for monitoring the expiration date of his/her visa.  Failure to do so can lead to serious consequences, including loss of legal status, loss of work authorization and possible deportation.

J-1 Check –in

  • All new scholars must check in with ISC to have their status activated in SEVIS
  • Provide ISC a copy of their visa and  any new Form I-94 card
  • Set an appointment with ISC by at or email at

Maintain Valid Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Form DS 2019
  • Valid print out of the I-94 Card
  • Valid visa stamp when entering the US
  • Consult your department 60 days before the expiration date for extension
  • Report lost forms to the ISC


  • Can be with or without salary
  • Cannot engage in unrelated employment
  • Engage in appropriate activities
  • Perform research as designated on DS2019
  • Don’t engage in unrelated employment
  • Obtain approval for outside lectures and consultations in advance

Reporting requirements

  • Report address to ISC
  • Report address on USCIS Form AR-11 within 10 days of arrival to the U. S.

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Office Hours

Regular office hours: Monday through Thursday: 08:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open advising hours:
Monday - Friday
10:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 4:00pm

*Appointments are also available.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

International Students and Scholars Office
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113
Fax: (951) 827-3248