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1 US Forest Service International Programs Presented by Brenda Dean, International Visitor Program Coordinator The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

2 Developed to implement the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act)-1961 Objective: “To increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.”

3 What you need to know… Overview of the J-1 Exchange Visitor (EV) Program Overview of the J-1 Exchange Visitor (EV) Program J-1 EV Program Categories J-1 EV Program Categories Entry, Arrival & Immigration Documents Entry, Arrival & Immigration Documents Travel outside the USA Travel outside the USA How to Maintain your “J” Status How to Maintain your “J” Status Insurance, Address changes, Program Activities & limitations (Employment) Insurance, Address changes, Program Activities & limitations (Employment) J-2 Dependents J-2 Dependents 2-year Home Residency Requirement - 212(e) 2-year Home Residency Requirement - 212(e) Program Completion or Extensions Program Completion or Extensions Departure Reports, 30-day grace period Departure Reports, 30-day grace period

4 Categories of J-1 Exchange Visitors Academic Government Visitor* International Visitor Professor Research Scholar* Short-Term Scholar* Specialist* Students (College/University) Students (secondary) Teacher (secondary) Private Sector Alien Physician Au Pair Camp Counselor Summer Work/Travel Trainee Note: All categories have different purposes, rules & time limitations. *The US Forest Service sponsors visitors in the four underlined.

5 Educational Exchange Activities with the Forest Service Government Visitors Visits/Tours Meetings Workshops/Seminars Max Program: 18 months Research Scholars Collaborative Research Lectures, Consultations Max Program: 5 years Specialists Observation Demonstrations Consultations Max Program: 12 months Short-Term Scholars Collaborative Research Lectures, Consultations Max Program: 6 months

6 The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Responsible Agencies & Organizations Department of State Visa Services Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Coordination - Academic and Gov’t Programs Program Sponsor Government Agencies Universities Exchange Organizations Oversees Program & Reporting Activities Issues & Modifies DS-2019s Provides Orientation Host - Site of Activity US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Department of Homeland Security Bureau for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS )

7 The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program Responsible Agencies & Organizations Department of State Visa Services Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Coordination - Academic and Gov’t Programs Program Sponsor Government Agencies Universities Exchange Organizations Oversees Program & Reporting Activities Issues & Modifies DS-2019s Provides Orientation Host - Site of Activity Department of Homeland Security Bureau for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS ) The relationships among agencies are complex and often confusing to visitors.

8 Form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for (J-1) Exchange Visitor Status

9 Issued through SEVIS –Student and Exchange Visitor Information System for the purpose of tracking EV activities (SEVIS # - Box 1) by Program Sponsor’s (Box 2) Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) (Box 7) to a specific individual (Exchange Visitor) who meets program eligibility criteria (Box 1)

10 Form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for (J-1) Exchange Visitor Status for a specific Program, Field & Category (Box 4) for which sufficient Funding has been demonstrated (Box 5) for the specific Program Period (Box 3). Consular Officials (DOS) review the form and grant J-1 visas. (Box 6) Border Patrol & Customs Officials (DHS) permit entry into the USA in J-1 Status.

11 Passports & J-1 Visas Passport must be valid 6 months into the future at all times Passport must be valid 6 months into the future at all times J-1 Visa issued by US Consular Officer J-1 Visa issued by US Consular Officer Visa Number - (in red) Visa Number - (in red) Lengths of Validity Differ Lengths of Validity Differ If you exit the USA, you must have valid passport, visa & DS-2019 to re-enter in J status If you exit the USA, you must have valid passport, visa & DS-2019 to re-enter in J status Familiarize yourself with the processes and timelines for Passport renewal Application for new visa (exiting & re-entering)

12 Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Card Issued by Customs & Border Patrol Official at Port of Entry Issued by Customs & Border Patrol Official at Port of Entry Serves as proof of entry & immigration status Serves as proof of entry & immigration status Defines Length of Stay – Defines Length of Stay – J-1 EVs should have “D/S” stamped on I-94, passport and DS-2019 – DURATION OF STATUS J-1 EVs should have “D/S” stamped on I-94, passport and DS-2019 – DURATION OF STATUS (Duration of Stay – Duration of Status) Keep this card stapled in your passport – It is an important record! Will be taken from you as you exit the country (Exception – some travel to Canada and Mexico)

13 Travel DS-2019 must be endorsed (signed) for travel by RO/ARO DS-2019 must be endorsed (signed) for travel by RO/ARO (Box in lower right hand corner - Complete request form online) Endorsement valid 12 months Endorsement valid 12 months Must have valid Visa & Passport to re-enter Must have valid Visa & Passport to re-enter Exceptions – Canada and Mexico – Ask IP before traveling! Exceptions – Canada and Mexico – Ask IP before traveling! ALWAYS CONSULT INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFICE BEFORE TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE USA

14 Responsibilities Exchange Visitors/ J-1 Visa Holders must: Engage in Cultural Exchange Activities Engage in Cultural Exchange Activities Participate in Educational Activities Participate in Educational Activities Maintain “J-1 Status” Maintain “J-1 Status” (Abide by all immigration & Program policies) (Abide by all immigration & Program policies)

15 Cross-cultural Activities Experience anything typical or representative of North American societies and cultures Experience anything typical or representative of North American societies and cultures Interact with American friends & colleagues Interact with American friends & colleagues Take part in Forest Service activities Take part in Forest Service activities Participate in Community activities Participate in Community activities

16 Cross-cultural Activities Experience anything typical or representative of North American societies and cultures Experience anything typical or representative of North American societies and cultures Interact with American friends & colleagues Interact with American friends & colleagues Take part in Forest Service activities Take part in Forest Service activities Participate in Community activities Participate in Community activities

17 Maintaining “J” Status Engage in approved program activities as designated by the US Forest Service Engage in approved program activities as designated by the US Forest Service Have mandatory insurance coverage for self and all dependents Have mandatory insurance coverage for self and all dependents Provide new addresses/contact info with in 10 days of any change of location Provide new addresses/contact info with in 10 days of any change of location Do not perform any activity outside the approved program activities Do not perform any activity outside the approved program activities

18 Insurance Requirements Cover illness and accidents $50,000 minimum $500 deductible $10,000 medical evacuation $7,500 repatriation of remains Mandatory for J-1 Visa Holders

19 Contact Information Notify IP of new address/contact information within 10 days of a change! – SEVIS Notify IP of new address/contact information within 10 days of a change! – SEVIS Complete Change of Address Form and return it to the IP Office Complete Change of Address Form and return it to the IP Office Failure to notify sponsor of address Failure to notify sponsor of address change is a violation of J-1 status change is a violation of J-1 status

20 Engage only in approved Program Activities 1. Established Educational and Cultural Exchange Program – Approved Activities 2. No Unauthorized Employment or Educational Activities

21 Program Modifications All modifications must be approved by Sponsor & RO/ARO Extensions Terminations Transfers

22 J-2 Dependants Spouse and unmarried children below 21 Spouse and unmarried children below 21 Adequate funding Adequate funding Must have health insurance Must have health insurance May travel separately from J-1. However, J-1 cannot leave the country for more than 30 days without J-2 dependents May travel separately from J-1. However, J-1 cannot leave the country for more than 30 days without J-2 dependents J-2 may apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD Card) J-2 may apply for Employment Authorization Document (EAD Card)

23 Two-year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement What does it mean? An EV J-1 Visa Holder and his/her J-2 dependents are not eligible for:  Permanent Residency (green card)  H visa (temporary workers and dependents)  L visa (intra-company transferees) before they have been physically present in their home country for 2 years (cumulative).

24 Two-year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement Who is subject?  Government Funded Exchange Program Participants  Those who have skills on the “Skills List”  Receiving graduate medical education or training

25 Waivers of the 2-year Home Presence Requirement? Information is available on the official Department of State Website. Criteria:   No Objection Statement from home government   Request by an interested US Government Agency   Fear of Persecution   Exceptional Hardship to a US citizen spouse or child   Request by a designated State Dept of Health

26 Departure Requirements Departure Report – Exchange Visitor Departure Report – Exchange Visitor Program Completion Report – Advisor Program Completion Report – Advisor 30 day grace period for travel 30 day grace period for travel

27 24-Month Bar Exchange Visitors who participate as Professors or Research Scholars are not eligible to participate in another program as a Professor of Research Scholar until 24 months after the completion date of their previous program. There are no exceptions for programs of less than 6 months. Exchange Visitors who participate as Professors or Research Scholars are not eligible to participate in another program as a Professor of Research Scholar until 24 months after the completion date of their previous program. There are no exceptions for programs of less than 6 months.

28 12-Month Bar Individuals who have been present in the United States in any “J” classification other than short-term scholar, and who have participated in a program of more than 6 months, are not eligible to start a new program as a Professor or Research Scholar until 12 months after the completion date of the previous program. Individuals who have been present in the United States in any “J” classification other than short-term scholar, and who have participated in a program of more than 6 months, are not eligible to start a new program as a Professor or Research Scholar until 12 months after the completion date of the previous program.

29 Disclaimer It is ultimately the Exchange Visitor’s responsibility to understand and abide by immigration regulations to which s/he is subject. The International Programs Office makes every effort to inform international visitors associated with the US Forest Service of the policies governing their programs; however, regulations change rapidly and are quite complex. International visitors and scholars should stay informed and abreast of immigration policies that concern their programs and stays in the United States.

30 Forms Please complete the following forms immediately upon arrival: 1. Arrival Form 2. Address Form 3. Insurance Form 4. Debit Card Receipt 5. Receipt of Handbook/Acceptance of Responsibility

31 Brenda Dean International Visitor Program Coordinator Responsible Officer Patricia Paugh Alternate Responsible Officer USDA Forest Service International Programs th Street, NW Suite 5500W, Washington, DC

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