Your immigration record needs to be validated in the SEVIS system. To validate your record, all individuals in J-1 status must check-in electronically with OIA. This should be done within 3 days upon arrival in Chicago or within 3 days of receiving an approval notice from USCIS to change status to J-1. Without this validation, your immigration record will become inactive. An individual whose immigration record is inactive may not work and must depart the U. S.
OIA's check-in process cannot be completed without the required documentation listed below:
- If you traveled to gain J-1 status: DS-2019, Form I-94, and visa and entry stamps
- If you changed your immigration status to J-1: DS2019, approval notice from USCIS
If you do not have a way to scan/upload your documents, you can check-in with our front desk during our regular office hours (M-F, 9-4pm). No appointment is required and the process only takes a few minutes. Please be sure to bring your passport and Form DS-2019 with you. If you have dependents, please submit their immigration documents as well.
Note: Should you travel outside of the US while in J-1 status, please send a copy of your new admission stamp to OIA upon your arrival.