Reinstatement for Failure to Maintain J-1 Status

A J-1 student who has failed in any way to maintain J-1 status is considered “out of status.” If you think you are out of status, please contact your ISSO advisor immediately.  Your situation will be thoroughly evaluated to determine whether a violation has occurred that requires an application for reinstatement with the U.S. Department of State.  A J-1 student who is determined by the ISSO to be out of status is not eligible for a travel signature, change of status or any employment benefits.

NOTE: If an Exchange Visitor Program sponsor other than Boston University issued your DS-2019 (as indicated in section 2 of your document), you will be advised to contact the Responsible Officer of your program.

Reinstatement is not allowed when a J-1 Exchange Visitor student has:

  1. Knowingly or willfully failed to obtain or maintain the required health insurance at all times while in the United States.
  2. Engaged in unauthorized employment that is not normally approvable for J-1 students;
  3. Been suspended or terminated from the most recent exchange visitor program;
  4. Failed to maintain valid program status for more than 270 calendar days;
  5. Received a favorable recommendation from the Department of State on an application for a waiver of the 2-year home country physical presence requirement.

If you cannot be reinstated, you will not be permitted to continue in the Exchange Visitor Program at Boston University.