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J-1 Scholar Arrival Procedures

Welcome to the University of Maryland! Our office has prepared the following information to assist in your arrival to the university.

Check in with your academic and administrative contact to let them know you have arrived at the university. Be sure to bring your immigration documents (i.e. passport, visa, entry stamp (in passport), I-94 (Get Most Recent I-94) and DS-2019) with you to this meeting.

During the meeting, be sure to get your Faculty Identification number (FID). You will need to bring this number with you to our J-1 scholar document check-in.

You must submit your immigration documents to our office by scanning them and uploading them to iTerp. It is a requirement of the U.S. Department of State (DHS).

  1. DS-2019 form
  2. U.S. Visa page from passport
  3. I-94 Electronic Record - Get Most Recent I-94
  4. Proof of Health Insurance Coverage*

* J-1 Exchange Visitors are required to maintain health insurance and medical evacuation and repatriation coverage for themselves and dependents for the duration of their J-1 program.  

We hold  orientations for J-1 visa holders every other Thursday from 10:00 am to noon.

Attending orientation is a mandatory part of your J-1 program.

The orientation is for J-1 researchers, short-term scholars, professors, interns, and trainees. During the orientation, we will cover key information about your immigration status and introduce you to the campus and local community. The orientation will also touch upon important cultural aspects and resources available to you.

The session will cover:

  • Immigration regulations
  • Health insurance
  • Keeping your SEVIS information current
  • Travel outside the United States
  • Incidental Employment
  • How to apply for a Social Security number
  • Public transit and local places of interest to visit during your time here
  • UMD Campus & Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area

After checking in on iTerp, an email will be sent confirming registration for orientation. 

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