Maintaining  Your Status as a J-1 Scholar

You are considered to be maintaining your stay as J-1 Visa Holder as long as:

  • You are pursuing the objective indicated on your form DS-2019. For example, if the DS-2019 indicates that you are a Research Scholar in the Department of Anatomy, you must be a Research Scholar in the Department of Anatomy.
  • You have made appropriate extensions of your form DS-2019. Section #3 on your DS-2019 lists the dates of your program; these must always be valid and current dates.
  • You must be engaged in research at the institution that issued your DS-2019. You may not work at Thomas Jefferson University with an DS-2019 issued from Temple University. You may not work without authorization. Employment for individuals in this category is not always possible. You must check with Sarah Froberg ( before you begin any employment other than what is indicated on your DS-2019.
  • You must obtain and maintain health insurance that meets DoS coverage. If you have Temple insurance it will not cover medical evacuation and repatriation. You must have FULL coverage for both yourself and any J-2 dependents here in the US.