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J-1 Check in With the Center for Global Health

After arriving at MUSC, all J-1 exchange visitors are required to make an appointment to check in with the SEVIS Responsible Officer (RO) in the Center for Global Health and have their J-1 status validated in the SEVIS system. You must e-mail Denise Smith (, 843-792-7083) to make a check-in appointment. You can make the check in appointment either before or after your arrival in the US. If you fail to check in with CGH upon arrival at MUSC, your J-1 status will be terminated and you will no longer be permitted to remain in the US in J-1 status.

When checking in with CGH, you must bring the following items:

  • A valid Form DS-2019 issued by MUSC
  • Passport with visa stamp
  • I-94 record (print from
  • Proof of insurance
  • Full address where you will be living in Charleston (please have the apartment number and zip code)

At this check in appointment, Denise will go over your visa documents and the requirements of J-1 status with you. Denise will also provide you with information on Social Security numbers, obtaining a South Carolina driver’s license, traveling outside of the US, and maintaining your J-1 status. You will be able to ask any questions related to maintaining your J-1 status.

You will also have the opportunity to meet with Rebeca Mueller during this appointment. Rebeca is the Director of International Programs within the Center for Global Health, and she assists new international students and scholars with adjusting to life in Charleston. Rebeca can answer questions that you may have about finding a place to live, getting around in Charleston, child care, English classes, and much more. Rebeca will also provide you with information on the various programs and events that MUSC offers for international students and scholars.