Maintaining Legal J-1 Student Status
According to the Department of State (DOS), the purpose of the J-1 Exchange Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.
Students are eligible for J-1 status, if one of the following criteria is met:
- At least 51% or higher of the total cost of your studies at Penn is paid by a scholarship, fellowship, grant, or assistantship from a non-personal/family funding source.
- Your exchange program is carried out pursuant to a written agreement.
J-1 students should comply with the DOS regulations, which can be found on page 2 of the DS-2019. By following those instructions and the specific information below, Penn J-1 students will maintain legal J-1 status in the US and be able to take full advantage of available J-1 benefits.