We hope that you are enjoying your J-1 academic program at USC. Should your department invite you to continue to study 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 Extensions

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.

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.

Academic Training

Academic Training (AT) is a benefit given to J-1 students that allows them to gain practical experience that relates to the field of study indicated on their DS-2019.


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.