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 bring their original immigration documents to ISSS.
  • 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. Reporting to ISSS to check in with the following original immigration documents.  ISSS new scholar check-in is held Monday through Friday between 10:00am - 11:00am.
      • Passport
      • J-1 visa (except Canadian citizens)
      • Hard copy of I-94 (see https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov)
      • 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

If you have a PennCard, please bring it with you. If you don't have a PennCard, please bring your PIN number which is sent to you by email.

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.

For information beyond the orientation visit the J-1 Visiting Scholar section of this site.