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Maintenance of J-1 Visa Status while in USA

Teachers in J-1 status are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with U.S. federal laws and regulations governing the J visa. Failure to do so will violate the legal status in the United States. A sponsor shall terminate an exchange visitorís participation in its program if the sponsor determines that the exchange visitor or any accompanying spouse or dependent willfully fails to remain in compliance.

Your responsibilities include but may not be limited to the following:

Perform the activities for which the J-1 visa was allotted
All J-1 visa holder participating teachers are required to perform the activities for with a J-1 visa has been granted to them. Failure to pursue the activities for which he or she was admitted to the United States will result in the termination of visa.

Report Address Changes to the USA Employment
All J-1 teachers are required to report an address and phone change within 10 days of any move to the USA Employment. USA EMPLOYMENT must have your work and residential address even if you choose to receive mail at a Post Office Box.

Maintain Required Insurance Coverage
J-1 teachers must maintain required health insurance (includes Basic Medical Health Insurance/Accidental Insurance, Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Insurance) for yourselves and any dependents on J-2 status throughout your stay in the U.S. Please see detail in medical Insurance
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Maintain your financial commitments with USA Employment
Teachers must fulfill their financial commitment to USA Employment as per Teacherís Service Agreement.

Maintain a valid passport during your stay in the U.S.
Passports must be valid at all times of J-1 and J-2 dependents

Complete Teaching Certification/Licensure required by the Department of Education
All participating teachers must complete their teaching certification/licensure within one year after arrival or within the time defined by the State Department of Education in the State of site of activity.

Report Changes in Program to USA Employment
Teachers must seek pre-approval from USA Employment before change in employment (site of activity). However, it is a detailed process and should be approved by USA Employment prior to the change. A revised Form DS-2019 is required to be issued with new work location, revised salary and other compensations information. The employer holds the financial responsibility on Form DS-2019 and updated information is mandatory before finalizing any commitments with a new employer. Participating exchange visitors and their employer can face substantial penalties if the suggested procedure is not followed.

Report to the USA Employment when your J-2 family members arrive in the U.S. A.
Keep USA EMPLOYMENT informed when J-2 family member(s) arrive in the USA. Teachers should not depart the US for more than one month during their period of stay with dependents present in the USA.

Report Departure Date and Reason to USA Employment
If participating teacher decides to leave the program before program end date, U.S. federal regulations require them to inform USA Employment immediately.

Teachers must leave/depart from the United States, within 30 days of the program end date or the expiration date of DS2019, whichever is earlier.

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