A message to international students from Michael E. Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.
International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) provides immigration advising and support for more than 350 international J-1 scholars.
Click on the appropriate link below for more information.
If you have not yet set up an ISSAlink account, contact Leah at email@example.com. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Leah at firstname.lastname@example.org or (574) 631-4603.
After ISSA approval, complete the “Request Departmental Access Form" at ISSALINK.nd.edu. Departmental Access instructions can be found here. You will only have to do this one time. You will receive an email from ISSA confirming your access is approved, and then you will log-in to ISSAlink using your NetID and password.
If you missed one of our Fall 2016 J Scholar Process Info Sessions, you can find the slideshow here.
Step 1: Determine if this appointment will go through The Office for Postdoctoral Scholars or The Office of the Provost. All faculty appointments go through the Provost; all postdoc and non-faculty appointments go through the Postdoc office.
For appointments through The Office of the Provost, contact them for instructions on meeting the following requirements:
For appointments through the Office for Postdoctoral Studies, submit the following documentation to Diana Dickson in the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars (email@example.com):
In order to begin the J-1 Application for a New Exchange Visitor, an NDid number is required for the J-1 Scholar. To have an NDid number, all requirements listed in Steps 1 & 2 must be met. The appropriate office will provide the NDid number when the appointment process is completed. The Banner record and NDid may not be accessible in ISSAlink until the day after the NDid is assigned.
Step 2: Complete and submit the Immigration Request Form to the General Counsel's office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If it is determined that a J-1 visa is appropriate, departments will work with ISSA and follow the steps below. Please wait for determination from General Counsel before moving to the next step.
Step 3: Now you are ready to request the DS-2019. Go to ISSALINK.nd.edu to provide access to the J-1 Applicant Information form to the scholar and complete the Department Information form. New Scholar Request instructions can be found here.
To complete Step 3, you will need digital copies (only PDF, JPG, BMP, or PNG formats accepted) of the following documents to upload for the Department Information form:
*If this is an appointment through the Office of Postdoctoral Studies, Diana Dickson will have to approve and will upload the signed appointment letter.
You will need to inform the scholar that she or he will need digital copies (only PDF, JPG, BMP, or PNG formats accepted) of the following documents to upload for the J-1 Applicant Information form:
If you need assistance, contact Leah at email@example.com or 1-4603.
Step 4: Once both ISSAlink application forms have been completed and submitted, ISSA will confirm receipt and process the Form DS-2019 within five working days.
Step 5: Pick up DS-2019 Packet. When the DS-2019 packet is ready, we will send you an email, letting you know the packet can be picked up at the Notre Dame International reception desk in 105 Main Building.
Step 6: Express mail documents. You are responsible for express mailing the documents to the scholar. Be sure to keep a record of the tracking number.
Special Note regarding Hire Dates: J-1 visa regulations require scholars and their dependents to carry health insurance for the duration of their program. If your scholar will receive university benefits, please consider the following:
Go to ISSAlink to complete the Scholar Program Extension Request, which can be found on the left under J-1 Scholar Update Requests. Program Extension instructions can be found here. In order to complete the Program Extension Request, you must have digital copies (only PDF, JPG, BMP, or PNG formats accepted) of the following documents to upload:
ISSA will confirm receipt of these documents and process the Form DS-2019 within five working days. When the DS-2019 packet is ready, ISSA will send an email to the department contact who completed the Program Extension Request, letting him or her know it is ready to be picked up at the Notre Dame International reception desk in 105 Main Building.
Go to ISSAlink to complete the appropriate form, which can be found on the left under J-1 Scholar Update Requests. Late Arrival or Early Termination instructions can be found here.
Step 1: Request the DS-2019 with your department.
Your department will send you a link to an eform on ISSAlink that you will complete as part of the DS-2019 request. Once the request is completed, your department will mail you a Form DS-2019, which allows you to apply for a J-1 visa. Read page 2 of your Form DS-2019 carefully and then sign the bottom of page 1.
Step 2: Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) charges a one-time Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) I-901 fee for scholars beginning a new J-1 program. You must pay this fee prior to applying for your J-1 visa. To pay the fee:
Step 3: Obtain a J-1 Visa. If you have a dependent, he or she should obtain a J-2 visa.
For instructions on securing a visa, visit the Obtaining a New Visa page.
Step 1: Present the following documents to the inspections officer at the U.S. port of entry (do not pack these items in your checked luggage):
The officer will stamp your passport or I-94 card and mark it "J-1" and "D/S." "D/S" means that you can remain in the United States as long as you remain in valid immigration status.
Step 2: Visit International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) once you arrive on campus.
Bring your passport and DS-2019 forms, as well as those for any accompanying J-2 dependents. We will review them to ensure the immigration officials processed your paperwork correctly when you entered the country. We will also review the J visa regulations with you, and answer any questions you may have about your visa. It is important that you visit ISSA as soon as possible after your arrival, as we are required to report your arrival to the government to keep your immigration record active.
Step 3: Print Your I-94 Record
Print your I-94 record at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html. Keep this record with your immigration documents. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advises that it may take up to three days from the date of an individual’s entry into the United States for I-94 information to become available online.
Step 4: Update your U.S. address with the University.
Immigration regulations require you to report your U.S. address to the University. You must report your address through InsideND.
Using the procedure described above, you must report all address changes while at Notre Dame within five days of moving. Your address must describe where you live; it cannot be a P.O. Box, an office or a work address.
J-1 regulations require that you and your dependents carry health insurance while you are in the United States.
If you are a benefit-eligible employee (full time and paid by Notre Dame) you will be eligible for Notre Dame health insurance. Contact the Office of Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
If you are not a benefit-eligible employee or if you choose not to purchase Notre Dame health insurance, you and any J-2 dependents must obtain insurance that complies with J-1 regulations (see Insurance Certification) and complete and submit an J-1 Visa Insurance Certification to the Office of Human Resources in 200 Grace Hall.
While we do not specifically endorse the companies below, they do offer policies that meet the J-1 regulations and have been used by other J-1 scholars at Notre Dame:
Each of these plans complies with J-1 regulations. The higher priced plans are likely to provide more robust coverage. You should compare prices, benefits, and the duration of the plans to determine which is the best fit for you. If you find an insurance policy you like from a different company, you must confirm that the coverage will meet the J-1 regulatory requirements.
Please be aware that you and your dependents may be subject to the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Social Security Number (SSN)
For instructions on obtaining a Social Security Number (SSN), visit our SSN Web page.
For information about driving in the United States and instructions for obtaining a U.S. driver's license, visit the Car and License Web page.
Your passport and the passports of any family members must be valid at all times. An expired passport means you are out of status. Make sure that your DS-2019 is up to date and reflects your program and that all personal information is correct. If your program will continue beyond your current DS-2019 end date, please work with your department to obtain an extension prior to the expiration of your document.
Prior to leaving the U.S., make sure that you (and any family members) have a valid travel signature on your DS-2019. You may obtain a new travel signature by visiting ISSA in 105 Main Building. To re-enter the U.S. you (and family members in J-2 status) must have a valid passport, DS-2019 and visa. If you will be traveling to somewhere other than your home country, make sure you consult the website for your embassy or consulate or destination to make sure you understand the visa and entry requirements.
For instructions on securing a new visa, visit the Obtaining a New Visa page.
In general, J-1 scholars are prohibited from accepting employment outside of the Notre Dame department that hosts them. However, the regulations include an exception for “occasional lectures and short-term consultations”. In order to qualify for this exception, the following conditions must be met:
To request written permission for an occasional lecture or short-term consultation, the Occasional Lecture or Consultation Authorization Request forms must be completed on ISSAlink. Go to ISSALINK.nd.edu, sign in with your NetID and password, and complete the form found on the left under J Scholar. You will need a digital copy (only PDF, JPG, BMP, or PNG formats accepted) of the offer letter from the intended employer, on official letterhead, that describes the terms and conditions of the proposed lecture or consultation, including the duration, the number of hours, the field or subject, and amount of compensation, a description of the activity, and the physical address of the activity. If you have any questions, contact Leah at email@example.com or (574) 631-4603.
Please be sure your full legal name is used on all documents.
All international visitors must file a tax or information return, even if they did not earn income. The Notre Dame/Saint Mary’s Tax Assistance Program provides free tax assistance for international visitors. For information on 2014 tax year returns, visit the 2014 Tax Assistance Program webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends and relatives who do not qualify as dependents can apply for a tourist visa if they wish to visit you in the U.S. No documentation from ISSA is necessary. However, ISSA recognizes that some visitors will feel more comfortable if they have a letter to present at their visa interviews. If you would like to obtain the optional Visitor Visa letter, you may stop by ISSA during regular business hours. Be sure to identify yourself as a scholar when you ask for the letter. Please note that visitors from certain countries will not need to apply for a visa. For more details, visit the State Department website.
Two Year Home Residency Requirement 212(e)
It is important that you check your visa stamp to determine if you are subject to a rule called 212(e), or the Two Year Home Residency Requirement. Certain J-1 visitors and their dependents will be required to leave the US for a minimum of two years before being allowed to change to most other visa types. If you find that you are subject, please review complete details about the rule on the State Department Website.
If a J-1 scholar is subject to the two year home residency rule and wishes to apply for a waiver of this requirement, J-1s are welcome to submit this information directly to the Department of State using the form and set of instructions available at https://j1visawaiverrecommendation.state.gov/.
Scholars must notify ISSA of their departure (and the permanent departure of any dependents) or transfer to another institution via the J-1 Scholar or Dependent Departure Form on ISSAlink. Go to ISSALINK.nd.edu, sign in with your NetID and password, and complete the form found on the left under J Scholar. If you will depart the US to continue your research abroad, and will return to Notre Dame afterwards, it may be possible to keep your J-1 visa record active. Please see the requirements listed on the form, and then discuss the possibility with your department.
Please note: If you are in either the J-1 research scholar or professor category, having an accurate program end date on your Form DS-2019 is important. Please make sure to fill out the departure form. The 24 month bar (see below) will begin on your departure date, which is important to note if you intend to come back to the United States as a J-1 research scholar or professor.
24 Month Bar
If you come to the US in the J-1 research scholar category or the professor category, once your program has concluded (i.e. you are not seeking an extension, or you have reached the 5 year maximum) you will be barred from returning to the US in the J-1 research scholar or professor categories for 24 months. Please note that this will also affect your dependents.
Other J categories or visa types may be open to you. Please consult ISSA for more information.
Continuing your research outside of the US
If your research program will require you to spend some time outside of the US before returning to Notre Dame, it may be possible to keep your J-1 record active during your absence. Please contact ISSA to discuss your situation.
ISSA hosts a monthly gathering called The World on Tap for international graduate students and scholars at Rohr's at the Morris Inn. Free appetizers are provided. The first 50 attendees will also receive a ticket for a free drink, valued up to $6. For more information and a schedule, visit the Upcoming Events page.
Please browse the resources below for information about living in the United States.
The South Bend community offers a variety of housing options for faculty and staff. The following housing options are located near campus:
A message to international students from Michael E. Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.
In light of terrorist activity in Europe—and the U.S. State Department's update to the October 2014 Worldwide Travel Caution—Notre Dame International reminds Notre Dame travelers, especially students in Study Abroad programs, of the following resources and preventative safety measures: