International Scholar Orientation

J-1 New Scholar Orientation

The US immigration regulations governing J-1 status require the program sponsor to provide orientation to its J-1 scholars upon arrival in the US.

  • All J-1 scholars are required to complete the J-1 Scholar Orientation on iPenn and virtually check in with an ISSS specialist.

  • The check-in process should be completed within 10 days of the program start date on your DS-2019. If your scheduled arrival date has changed, you must contact your department administrator immediately regarding your new scheduled arrival start date.

The check-in process consists of three steps:

  1. J-1 Scholar Orientation on iPenn

  2. J-1 Scholar Arrival Form on iPenn

  3. After submitting the J-1 Scholar Arrival form, email your ISSS specialist to virtually check in.


To complete your virtual new scholar check-in, you will need the following original immigration documents.

  • Passport

  • J-1 visa (except Canadian citizens)

  • Hard copy of I-94 (see

  • DS-2019 issued by Penn

  • If you are transferring your J-1 record, any previously issued DS-2019s from your previous institution

  • Any other official correspondence from USCIS, such as an I-797, if applicable

In the event that a J-1 Scholar cannot complete check-in at ISSS within 14 days of their program start date, their host department will be required to log into iPenn (using the logo below) to complete a "J-1 Scholar Late Arrival" form.