SEVIS Validation
IA&A must validate your status within 30 days of your program start date on the DS-2019 form. If we do not receive this information in time, your status will become invalid and you will have to leave the country.

In order to validate your status in SEVIS IA&A must have the following:

  • Confirmation from your host organization that you have started your placement
  • Your U.S. home address and cell phone number

Please note: You are also required to inform IA&A whenever your contact information changes or you intend to be away for more than two weeks.

Social Security Number

As soon as your J-1 visa status has been validated in SEVIS, you may apply for a U.S. Social Security Number. You should follow the Social Security Administration instructions for “Original Card, Adult, Non-resident”. Your host will need your SSN in order to process any stipend, honorarium, salary, per diem, or any other compensation provided to you.

Personal Phone

All program participants must have a personal, non-work telephone within 2 weeks of the start date listed on the DS-2019. Participants must be reachable through out their program on that phone.


IA&A will send mid- and final program evaluation forms to participants and their supervisors at their host company. These must be completed, signed, and returned to IA&A on time per U.S. Department of State regulations.

Traveling Outside of the U.S.
To facilitate your readmission to the U.S. after a visit in another country other than a contiguous territory or adjacent islands, you should send your DS-2019 to IA&A for travel validation. The signature of the ARO on the DS-2019 is valid for up to one year.

IA&A must receive your travel validation request, including original DS-2019 and letter indicating dates of travel, a minimum of 2 weeks before the date of departure so we can confirm your active status at your training site and return the DS-2019 signed to you before your departure. Please refer to your Program Manual for more information.

Program End Date and 30-Day Grace Period
An exchange visitor’s J-1 status in the United States is dependent upon the DS-2019. This means regardless of the date on the visa sticker, your program end-date is the date on the DS-2019.

You have 30 days from the end-date on the DS-2019 to leave the U.S. The 30-day grace period is for packing and travel within the U.S. You cannot travel and re-enter the U.S. on the J-1 after the grace period has begun.

Once you are in the U.S., don’t hesitate to contact the IA&A team about connecting with other professionals in the field, contacting other IA&A participants in your area, and starting relationships with alumni currently working in your home country. We will put you in contact with your local IA&A representative and add you to a local IA&A mailing list.

Alumni Interviews

An IA&A representative will contact you 6 months after your program has ended to interview you about your J-1 experience and how it impacted your career abroad. We look forward to hearing your stories!

Resources for Applicants

Read through the application steps before submitting your online application. Contact IA&A if you have any questions.

Online Application


Application Process


Health Insurance


After U.S. Arrival