J-1 Check in with the Center for Global Health

After arriving at MUSC, all J-1 exchange visitors are required to physically check in with the SEVIS Responsible Officer (RO) in the Center for Global Health in order to have their J-1 status validated in the SEVIS system. J-1 exchange visitors must have their J-1 status validated in the SEVIS system within 30 days of the start date on the DS-2019 form. J-1 exchange visitors who fail to complete the check in process in a timely manner will be terminated and will no longer be permitted to remain in the United States in J-1 status.

All J-1 check in appointments must be scheduled in advance. We cannot accommodate “walk-ins” or unscheduled visits for J-1 check-in meetings. You must schedule the J-1 check in appointment with Denise Smith through your Terra Dotta profile. In the appointment request subject line, write “J-1 check in appointment.” You can schedule the check in appointment as soon as you know the date that you will arrive in the United States. It is in your best interest to complete the check in process as soon as possible after arrival in the US.

You must bring the following items with you to the check-in appointment:

  • A valid Form DS-2019 issued by MUSC
  • Passport with visa stamp
  • I-94 record (print from CBP.gov/i94)
  • Full address where you will be living in Charleston (please have the apartment number and zip code)
  • Proof of insurance (if you have not already provided this to CGH)

At this check in appointment, Denise will review 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.