Current Scholars

We hope that you are enjoying your J-1 appointment at USC. We encourage you to attend J-1 events to connect with the exchange visitor community. 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, US taxes, program completion, J-1 bars, and J-2 dependents.

J-1 Events

This page includes a list of upcoming programming offered by OIS for the Exchange Visitor population at USC. It also includes a Connect with OIS section which will connect you to our staff, e-newsletter, and Facebook page.

DS-2019 Extensions

New information about Internal Requisitions available here

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., and an overview of automatic revalidation and the U.S. visit program. 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.

Off-Campus Employment

USC Exchange Visitors may receive prior work authorization from OIS to participate in non-USC based employment. To learn more about 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 US 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, employment authorization, and USC’s English Language Program.


This page provides information about USC’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) to ensure USC students and scholars 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.