J-1 Passport Verification & Orientation

OIS Processing Time: 4 business days

J-1 Passport Verification (PPV) & Orientation

All new (initial and transfer) J-1 exchange visitors are required to submit copies of their immigration documents to USC Office of International Services using the Passport Verification Document Submission System within 15 days after their arrival to the U.S. PPV is a procedure that verifies one’s immigration status to ensure that they are eligible to start an academic program/appointment at USC. Once all documentation is submitted, OIS will validate the SEVIS record. Failure to complete PPV may result in a loss of J-1 visa status. New international students/scholars who are currently outside the U.S. must wait until they arrive in the U.S. to complete PPV.

STEP 1. Activate your USC NetID
STEP 2. Watch the New J-1 Scholar Orientation video below
STEP 3. Login to the PPV Document Submission System to upload your immigration documents

Special Note for Dependents: J-2 dependents do NOT need to report their arrival through the passport verification process.

Note about Local Contact Info: The New Student/Scholar Information Form requires a local US address and phone number which is used to validate the SEVIS record. Exchange Visitors with temporary accommodations (hotel or friend’s house) may use the temporary address for the purposes of filling out this form. However, following the J-1 Check-in, Exchange Visitors can update their residence address and US phone number by e-mailing: j1exchg@usc.edu. Immigration regulations require scholars to update their address in SEVIS within 10 days of moving.

Exchange Visitors are encouraged to keep copies of all documentation submitted to their sponsoring department in case the originals are lost or damaged. Dependents are also encouraged to keep copies of their documentation.

Delayed Arrivals & Cancellations (Reporting Responsibilities)

Please visit the Delayed Arrivals section of our website for more information pertaining to late arrivals and cancellations.


The Office of International Services invites you to attend our mandatory virtual orientation for new J-1 scholars and transfers. Learn about maintaining J-1 status, health insurance requirements, travel signatures and other concerns you may have during your time at USC.

Exchange Visitors from all campuses are expected to attend: UPC, HSC, CHLA, ISI and ICT. The following J-1 categories should attend: Research Scholars, Professors, Short-term Scholars and Non-Degree Students conducting full-time research. If you are a J-1 non-degree or degree seeking student registered for classes, you are not required to attend this orientation.