J-1 Arrival at WashU

When beginning a new J program at Washington University, there are a number of steps that must be completed within a specific time frame.

Department Check-In

Within three days of beginning your J-1 program at Washington University in St. Louis, check in with your sponsoring department.
At that time you will complete appropriate payroll paperwork. Note the Federal Form I-9 Employment Eligibility verification must be completed within three days of your employment start date.
Learn more about the payroll process.

Office for International Students and Scholars Check-In and Orientation

Within 15 days of arrival, come to the OISS, with your immigration documents, to check in and complete J-1 program orientation.
Checking-in provides us the necessary information to validate your arrival in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Orientation provides you with immigration information you need to know to ensure you maintain legal status.

Both of these tasks can be completed at the same time on either the Danforth or Medical School campus.
Please note advance registration is required and must be made online at J1Orientation.eventbrite.com.

Social Security

You are not eligible to apply for a Social Security Number until you have:

  1. Been in the U.S. at least 10 business days and
  2. Been validated in SEVIS