The content on these pages is designed for use by LSUHSC-New Orleans sponsored students, exchange visitors and employees. It is not intended to constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for legal counsel.
Students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents (or currently in another status permitting study) who wish to come the United States to pursue a full course of study leading to a degree may do so in J-1 Student status.
To obtain documents for J-1 Student status sponsored by LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, a prospective student must:
Be unconditionally admitted to the School providing their program of study/degree; (International Services is not involved in the admissions process!)
Document that they are able to pay all tuition and fees associated with their degree program and the living expenses for themselves and their dependents; (Go here for a current list of tuition cost and fees for each School and Program.)
Provide copies of valid passport/travel documents for themselves and their dependents;
Provide copies of current immigration documents, if present in the United States;
Meet the requirements to qualify for J-1 Student status, detailed here.
Foreign national students who have been unconditionally admitted to a degree program and will apply for J-1 Student status through LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans should complete an International Student Application Kit. A completed application kit and all required supporting documentation should be returned to the admitting School's Program Coordinator so a request can be made for International Services to issue a Form DS-2019. A Form DS-2019 will allow a prospective student (and any dependents) to apply for an entry visa at a United States Consulate abroad or, if visa exempt, admission at a Port of Entry.
Transfers: Students who are already in J-1 Student student status at another SEVP institution will also need a completed J-1 Student Transfer In form submitted with their International Student Application Kit.
- Note: Exchange Visitors who are in J-1 status at another Institution in a category other than Student (Research Scholar, Short Term Scholar, Specialist, etc.) CANNOT use the transfer process to change categories to J-1 Student. This must be accomplished through Department of State approval of a change in category or through travel and re-entry in the Student category. Please contact International Services for more information on this process.
If all requirements are met, and a DS-2019 form is issued for a student, International Services will provide additional instructions for navigating the visa and entry process, if applicable. Those instructions and details are also available here.
Initial entry: J-1 Exchange Visitors are permitted to enter the United States up to thirty (30) days prior to the report date or program start date indicated on their Form DS-2019. (See 8 CFR § 214.2(j))
Grace Period: J-1 students are permitted a 30 day grace period following the program end date listed on their most recent DS-2019. During this 30 day period:
the student's SEVIS record will move to Inactive,
the student is permitted to physically remain in the United States in J-1 status,
the student is permitted to apply for a change of status, if eligible. (See 212(e) waiver issues here.)
the student is NOT permitted to transfer their program
the student may NOT leave the Untied States and re-enter using expired DS-2019
the student does NOT have continuing on campus work authorization
the student must maintain the required health, medical evacuation and repatriation insurance required by the J Regulations for themselves and their sponsored J-2 dependents.
Participation as a J Exchange Visitor or J Dependent in ANY category may subject the J-1 and J-2 to future bars to repeat program participation as a J Research Scholar or Professor. The bars are explained here.
Pursuant to LSU System Policy, PM-31, J-1/J-2 status holders are NOT eligible to establish Louisiana residency in order to receive in-state tuition at LSUHSC-New Orleans.