Upon Arrival

J-1 Visiting Students must confirm their arrival date at Northeastern with the Human Resources Contact in the host college.

J-1 Visiting Students experiencing delays due to visa processing must notify the HR Contact in the host college and the Office of Global Services (OGS) as soon as possible (email: ogs@northeastern.edu).

J-1 Visiting Students are permitted to enter the U.S. up to 30 days before and after the program start date on the DS-2019. However, if your arrival will be delayed for more than two weeks from the program start date, plaese contact the HR Contact in the host college to amend the program start date. Per federal regulations, OGS is required to provide orientation and validate your SEVIS record within 30 days after the program start date.

Mandatory J-1 Visiting Student Orientation

All J-1 Visiting Students must attend the first available orientation session after entering the U.S. Failure to attend orientation within 30 days after the program start date will result in the deactivation of your SEVIS record.

J-1 Visiting Students paid by Northeastern will have to complete Form I-9 as part of their onboarding process. Please note that the I-9 cannot be completed until you have attended orientation. Please plan your travel accordingly with the orientation session schedule and I-9 timeline.

J-1 Visiting Students will not be able to obtain a Husky card without attending orientation.

To register for J-1 Visiting Student Orientation, please visit the OGS website. J-1 Visiting Student Orientation is offered every Thursday from 11am-12pm.

Please bring the following documents with you to orientation:

  • Passport and visa
  • I-94 (you can retrieve it here)
  • DS-2019
  • Dependents’ passports and DS-2019s, if applicable