You are responsible for maintaining valid J-1 status while in the US. You must abide by all of the rules and regulations of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.
To ensure that you maintain lawful immigration status, you must contact CGH if any of the following occurs:
- There is a change to your legal name, US address, country of citizenship, immigration status, or any information pertaining to your J-2 dependents
- There is a change to your expected date of completion of your J-1 activities or source of funding
- Any time you or your J-2 dependents obtain a new Form I-94 upon reentering the US
- Whenever any of your immigration documents are lost or stolen
- If you intend to change your immigration status
- If you intend to transfer your J-1 program to another program sponsor
- If you want to have your dependent spouse and/or children join you in J-2 status
The following are some examples of situations that would violate your J-1 status:
- Failure to maintain health insurance that meets the requirements of the J-1 program
- Obtaining employment outside of your Exchange Visitor Program activities
- Moving to another MUSC department or Center without prior approval from CGH
- Remaining in the US beyond your lawful period of admission
Furthermore, in order to maintain J-1 status, you must be continually engaged in the J-1 program activities throughout the duration of the program and cannot take a leave of absence of over 30 days from the program.
If you have any questions about maintaining your J-1 status at MUSC, please contact an RO/ARO in the Center for Global Health before doing anything that may cause you to violate your J-1 status.