All J Exchange visitors must report their end of program via the ISSS Link system. An online End of Program Exit Interview should be completed, and you are also invited to speak with an ISSS scholar advisor to provide additional comments about your exchange program experience and services provided by ISSS. Your comments assist us in improving Emory’s exchange program and ISSS services.
Completion of Program Objectives
All J Exchange Visitors who complete their program objectives are required to report their departure in ISSS Link. Your SEVIS record will automatically roll over to “inactive”. When the SEVIS record becomes “inactive”, requests for transfers, changes or extensions cannot be accepted. Following the completion of a program, you are entitled to a 30-day grace period in which to voluntarily depart the U.S. You may not continue to perform your J program activity during this grace period. It is only for the purpose of preparing for your departure and to perhaps travel within the U.S. prior to your departure.
All J Exchange visitors who withdraw from the exchange program early must report the date of withdrawal to ISSS in ISSS Link before your program end date. Your SEVIS record must reflect the early withdrawal date and a new DS-2019 reflecting that new date may be required for your records.
You are not entitled to the 30 day grace period if you withdraw early and did not complete your program objectives.
Caution on Travel Outside the United States During the 30 Days After Completion
If you travel outside the U.S. after completing your program, you are not allowed to use your DS-2019 to return to the U.S. in J status. This is particularly important to remember if you have plans to visit either Canada or Mexico before returning to your home country.