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 required to have your current living address and contact information (e-mail address and telephone number) updated with our office at all times. If you are moving, you nee to report your new living address within 10 days of moving via e-mail to Sarah Froberg ( if you are sponsored by Temple University or Nathalie Danier ( if you are sponsored by the Temple University Health System, including Fox Chance Cancer Center.

  • 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. For example, you may not work at Thomas Jefferson University with an DS-2019 issued from Temple University. Employment off campus for J-1 Scholars is not always possible so please 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.