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International J-1 Scholar Orientation

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Visa and Immigration Services (VIS), E5310 Melville Library


All new J-1 scholars are required to attend J-1 Orientation.  We ask that all new scholars submit the J-1 Orientation Sign-Up form in accessVIS to schedule your orientation date.  In addition to the Sign-Up form, all new J-1 scholars are required to complete the electronic Immigration Intake form in accessVIS.  

Please follow the instructions below to submit the J-1 Orientation Sign-Up and Immigration Intake before reporting for orientation.  

  1. Click here, or enter https://vis.stonybrook.edu in your browser.
  2. Click the "Limited Services" link on the accessVIS homepage.
  3. Enter your Stony Brook ID#, date of birth and Limited Access Pin. (E-mail me my Limited Access PIN)
  4. Expand the Intake & Check-In window (located on left menu bar).
  5. Select Immigration Intake.
  6. Submit the J-1 Orientation Sign-Up & Responsibilities form;
  7. Submit the Immigration Intake.
  8. Submit the Dependent Intake (if applicable, for each dependent).

VIS must confirm your arrival with Immigration within 30 days of the start date of your DS-2019 Form in order for you to remain legally in the United States. Attendance at the J-1 Scholar Orientation is required in order for VIS to validate your arrival. If you are unable to attend an orientation within 30 days of arrival, please contact your International Faculty/Scholar Advisor.


Documents to Bring With You to Orientation:

  • Passport
  • Visa Stamp
  • Form DS-2019
  • I-94, Arrival/Departure Record

* Bring the same documents for each J-2 dependent


Topics Covered in the Orientation

  • Regulations governing J-1 visa status
  • Social Security numbers
  • Work
  • Travel
  • Health insurance

Note: If you intend to travel outside of the United States after your arrival, you must obtain a travel signature from your International Faculty/Scholar Advisor on your DS-2019 in order to re-enter the U.S.

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