OGS orientation and clearance session

All J-1 student interns must report to the Office of Global Services (OGS) within 30 days of their program start date for a mandatory clearance session and orientation.

Please make sure you bring with you the following documents on the day of orientation:

  • DS-2019
  • DS-7002
  • Passport
  • I-94

Please contact your program coordinator (Rachel Portwood r.portwood@northeastern.edu) for more information about OGS orientation date for your cohort.

Health insurance requirements

J-1 student interns and their J-2 dependents must maintain required health insurance throughout their stay in the U.S. This health insurance must cover the following benefits to the amount listed next to it:

  • Medical Benefit – $100,000
  • Repatriation of Remains – $25,000
  • Medical Evacuation – $50,000
  • Deductible per accident of illness – $500

Social Security Number

If you are a J-1 student intern at Northeastern, you are required to apply for a Social Security Number for employment. You will need to present a letter from OGS as evidence of work authorization to an official at the Social Security Administration to apply for a Social Security Number. Once you have completed orientation with OGS and submitted the below form, OGS will provide you with the letter required to apply for a Social Security Number.

Social Security Number Letter Request for J-1 Student Interns »

How to apply for a Social Security Number

For more information on how to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN), please visit our page on SSN and how to apply.

Change of residential address

Immigration regulations require that all non-citizens report their residential addresses within 10 days of entry to the U.S. and subsequently report any changes of address within 10 days to the immigration authorities. J-1 student interns may report their address changes in myNortheastern.

Required travel documents

For travel outside the U.S., the following documents are required for re-entry to the U.S.:

  • Valid form DS-2019 signed in the “travel validation” section by an OGS advisor
  • Valid J-1 visa stamp in the passport (except for Canadian citizens)
  • Valid passport

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Returning from a Non-medical Leave of Absence

Once you wish to return to the U.S. to resume your studies, you must contact the Office of Global Services (OGS) so that they can either request a reactivation of your SEVIS record with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), or process a new initial I-20 for you.

Renewing your Visa

Depending on the length of your program and duration of your visa, your visa may expire during your program at Northeastern University. If your visa expires, you will need to renew it before you re-enter the U.S. after traveling abroad.