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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

Newly Admitted J-1 Students

1. Will I be able to enter the U.S. and maintain valid J-1 status during the fall quarter if none of my courses will be in-person?

To maintain valid J-1 status, J-1 students with initial SEVIS records are required to enroll in a minimum of one in-person class . Undergraduate students may consult with their academic counselors, and graduate students may consult with their academic department SAOs for class availability and registration information. Reciprocity students may consult with the UCEAP office.

2. How many in-person courses must I be enrolled in fall 2022 to be able to enter the U.S. and maintain valid J-1 visa status?

To maintain valid J-1 status, J-1 students with initial SEVIS records are required to enroll in a minimum of one in-person class . Undergraduate students may consult with their academic counselors, and graduate students may consult with their academic department SAOs for class availability and registration information.

3. If my J-1 visa is approved after the fall quarter start date as indicated as on my DS-2019, what should I do and how late can I come to UCLA during the fall quarter if I am enrolled in an in-person course?

Students should first check with their academic departments to find out if a late arrival will affect their course enrollment.

We will defer your DS-2019 start date to the second week of fall quarter (the add/drop deadline) to accommodate your late arrival. To request for an updated DS-2019 with late arrival date, please email dcissj1unit@saonet.ucla.edu with the following information:

• Last Name, First Name
• Bruin UID number
• Email Subject line: Updated DS-2019 for fall quarter

4. What is considered an in-person course?

An in-person class is when course instruction is only delivered in-person, with students and instructors physically present in a learning environment. The meeting location is displayed as a building and room in the UCLA Schedule of Classes. The first class of the term must be offered in-person. If a class changes from in-person instruction to remote instruction before the start of the term, enrollment in that class will not fulfill the in-person course enrollment requirement to maintain valid J-1 status in the U.S.

5. What is UCLA's mode of instruction for fall 2022?

UCLA will be offering a substantial in-person learning. UCLA's expectation is that every student will receive at least some in-person instruction. Please contact your UCLA academic department for details.

6. If I am not taking in-person classes on-campus, can I still participate in the Dashew Center's programs/events?

Yes! Many Dashew Center programs/events will be held virtually. See our programming page for more information.

7. My classes will be entirely online during fall 2022. Will I be able to enter the U.S. and maintain a valid J-1 status?

No. Incoming J-1 students with initial SEVIS records will not be able to enter the U.S. and maintain their J-1 status with an entire online course load.

8. I plan to enroll in some in-person classes in combination with online classes. Will I be able to enter the U.S. and maintain valid J-1 status?

Federal guidance requires that incoming students with initial SEVIS records must be enrolled in in-person classes or a combination of in-person classes and online classes if they wish to enter the U.S. and maintain valid J-1 status. Students must make normal progress towards their degree program and maintain full-time enrollment.

9. How do I obtain a document or letter verifying my in-person course enrollment at UCLA?

You must contact your UCLA academic department to find out if they can provide you with a letter verifying your in-person course attendance. The Dashew Center is unable to verify your course enrollment.

10. What is the processing timeline for newly admitted DS-2019 requests? Is there a deadline to submit the request?

The current processing time is 15 business days from submission date. While there is no strict deadline for submitting your DS-2019 request, keep in mind that you will need your DS-2019 to schedule a J-1 visa interview (Canadians exempt) and enter the U.S. before your program start date. It is recommended that students submit the request at least 3 months before their degree program start date. Please plan accordingly.

11. If I am unable to enter the U.S. by the fall 2022 start date indicated on my DS-2019, what should I do?

We will defer your DS-2019 start date to winter 2023 if you are unable to enter the U.S. due to enrollment in only online courses, delays in J-1 visa issuance, and/or COVID-19 travel restrictions. The Dashew Center will start processing DS-2019 start date deferment at the beginning of fall quarter. If you have signed a housing contract for fall quarter, please contact Housing directly. Undergraduate students, please contact UCLA Undergraduate Admission for more information if you have questions about deferring your program start date. Graduate students, please contact your academic department for more information.

12. Can I take entirely online classes for fall from abroad without having J-1 status?

Yes, students can take online classes from abroad without having J-1 status. Students will establish J-1 status once they enter the U.S. in valid J-1 status.

13. Can I defer my admission term?

Undergraduate students, please contact UCLA Undergraduate Admission for more information. Graduate students, please contact your academic department for more information. Reciprocity students, please contact the UCEAP office.

14. What if I am unable to enter the U.S. by the start date indicated on my DS-2019 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions?

Students who will not be arriving to the U.S. in J-1 status by the fall quarter start date must contact the Dashew Center during fall quarter to request an updated DS-2019 with an amended start date for their new planned arrival to the U.S. If you have signed a housing contract for fall quarter, please contact Housing directly. Undergraduate students, please contact UCLA Undergraduate Admission for more information if you have questions about deferring your program start date. Graduate students, please contact your academic department for more information.

15. Can I fulfill the in-person course enrollment requirement with in-person, concurrent enrollment at another U.S. institution?

No, UCLA J-1 students must enroll in an approved, in-person course at UCLA to fulfill the in-person course enrollment requirement to maintain valid J-1 status in the U.S.

16. Where can I find an official approved list of in-person classes for fall quarter 2022?

Please contact your UCLA academic department for details regarding in-person courses being offered for fall quarter.

Continuing J-1 Students

1. Do I need to submit my travel authorization request to the Dashew Center in-person?

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may submit an online travel authorization request only if the travel authorization signature on your DS-2019 will be older than one calendar year at the time you plan to re-enter the U.S. A valid travel signature is NOT required to depart the U.S.

Please submit an Online Travel Authorization Request form to request a new travel authorization signature. You do not need to submit your original DS-2019 to request a new travel authorization signature. The Dashew Center will reprint you a new DS-2019 with travel signature. The DS-2019 will be available for pick-up at the Dashew Center.

2. Can graduate students be on filing fee status and maintain valid J-1 status during fall 2022?

If you are a student who will be on filing fee for fall quarter and are currently in the U.S. or plan to re-enter the U.S. from abroad, it is important that the details of your academic activities during your filing fee quarter are documented as you will not be enrolled in any coursework.

The purpose of this documentation is to explain your academic activities in compliance with recent SEVP guidance. You will not be required to submit this documentation to the Dashew Center; however, you should have it on file to submit to immigration authorities (e.g. CBP, USCIS, ICE, etc.) in case of any of questions or inquiries pertaining to your filing fee quarter.

3. If I am not taking in-person classes on-campus or I defer for the fall quarter, can I still participate in the Dashew Center's programs/events?

Yes! All Dashew Center programs/events will be held virtually. See our programming page for more information.

4. I am a continuing J-1 student at UCLA and returning to campus from abroad for fall quarter, is the enrollment verification letter required upon re-entry into the U.S.?

Continuing J-1 students may request the J-1 Certification of Status (CoS) letter from our office. The combination of the CoS letter and a printout of your full-time fall enrolled classes course registration should be sufficient as supporting documents in case a visa post or port of entry officials may ask for such verification. If you are on Academic Training, you should have your Academic Training authorization letter available with you.

5. Are there any U.S. travel restrictions related to COVID-19?

On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which took effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

J-1 Scholars

1. I am a new incoming scholar, but am unable to enter the U.S. by my DS-2019 start date due to visa delays and/or travel restrictions. What should I do?

You are required to enter the U.S. and report your arrival to the Dashew Center within 25 days of your DS-2019 start date. Otherwise your DS-2019 will automatically cancel out and become void. If you are unable to meet this deadline and would like to postpone your program, you will need to contact your UCLA academic department and request an amendment to your DS-2019 program dates. Your department will need to submit an amendment request directly to the Dashew Center.

2. Do I need to submit my travel authorization request to the Dashew Center in-person?

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may submit an online travel authorization request only if the travel authorization signature on your DS-2019 will be older than one calendar year at the time you plan to re-enter the U.S. A valid travel signature is NOT required to depart the U.S.

Please submit an Online Travel Authorization Request form to request a new travel authorization signature. You do not need to submit your original DS-2019 to request a new travel authorization signature. Your new DS-2019 (with a new travel authorization signature) will be shipped to your address (in the U.S. or overseas) via FedEx service.

3. If I am not on campus or I am outside of the U.S., can I still participate in the Dashew Center's programs/events?

Yes! Many Dashew Center programs/events will be held virtually. See our programming page for more information.

4. Are there any U.S. travel restrictions related to COVID-19?

On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which took effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

5. I am a current J-1 scholar, but I am unable to enter the U.S. due to travel restrictions and/or embassy closures. Will this affect my J-1 visa status?

DCISS will continue to maintain the validity of your DS-2019 form so that you are able to enter the U.S. once restrictions have been lifted. However, if your DS-2019 is going to expire while you are abroad, make sure to contact your department to request a DS-2019 extension. DS-2019 extensions should be submitted to DCISS at least 3 weeks before your DS-2019 expires.