J-1 PROGRAM HANDBOOK
A GUIDE TO IMMIGRATION MATTERS FOR J-1 EXCHANGE VISITORS
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
International Faculty and Staff Affairs
308 and 311 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
You have been accepted as a J-1 exchange visitor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. J-1 visa status is unique. The J-1 program is administered by the United States Department of State, and the University of Illinois is one of many institutions which has been authorized as a J-1 sponsor. Many kinds of activities are possible for J-1 program participants, and each institution has its own specific type of J-1 program. The program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is described as follows:
…to provide courses of study, learning, and research opportunities, in the various fields
of instruction and research conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Springfield for qualified foreign students, professors, research scholars and short-term scholars to promote the general interest of international educational and cultural exchange.
The address and telephone number of the office which administers J-1 programs is: United States Department of State, Program Designation Division, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, 301 4th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20547; Telephone: (202) 401-9810.
This handbook contains information about the rules and regulations which apply to visitors to the United States who are part of a J-1 exchange visitor program. Please read it carefully before you come to the U.S., and bring it with you to have as a reference throughout your visit.
Soon after your arrival you will register with the office of International Faculty and Staff Affairs (IFSA). Our office oversees your J-1 program, and we are here to provide you with information, advice and assistance with many matters...