We hope that you are enjoying your J-1 appointment at USC. Should your department invite you to continue your work at USC, information pertaining DS-2019 extensions, travel, and visa renewal are outlined for Exchange Visitors and their department facilitators. Other important topics covered in this section include off-campus employment, U.S. taxes, program completion, J-1 bars, and J-2 dependents.

DS-2019 Extension Requests

This page provides Exchange Visitors and Department Facilitators with instructions on how to extend the end date of the DS-2019.

Travel and Visa Renewal

Our travel section will provide you with an overview of how to obtain a travel signature on your DS-2019, what documents you are required to bring to re-enter the U.S. This section also includes information on visa and passport renewals.

Exchange Visitors who anticipate traveling outside of the U.S. for more than 30 days at a time should consult with a J-1 advisor.

Offsite & Non-USC Employment

USC Exchange Visitors may receive prior work authorization from OIS to participate in non-USC based employment. To learn more about offsite & non-USC based employment, please visit this page.

U.S. Taxes

Most Exchange Visitors are liable for taxation on any income earned in the United States. Please review this page for more information on U.S. taxes.

J-1 Bars

This page reviews the 2 year bar on Home Residence Requirement (212e) and the 12 and 24 month bars on Repeat Participation.

J-2 Dependents

An Exchange Visitor may be accompanied by his or her dependent(s) at any time. This section is directed towards J-2 dependents. Topics covered include travel, the 2 year home residency requirements and employment authorization.


This page provides information about USC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) to ensure USC Exchange Visitors remain safe.

J-1 Transfer Out

Exchange Visitors at USC interested in transferring out to a new institution must follow the instructions within this page.

Program Completion

This section provides Exchange Visitors and department facilitators information regarding program completion and their reporting responsibilities.