W&M values the exchange of ideas, people, research, and culture as central to its mission of furthering human knowledge and understanding.
Aligned with this mission, the Office of International Students, Scholars & Programs (ISSP) administers the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program at W&M. Through the W&M Exchange Visitor Program, we bring students and scholars from around the world to advance the internationalization of learning, teaching, research and community engagement at William & Mary and to promote mutual understanding among people of diverse backgrounds.
William & Mary hosts over 50 students under our Exchange Visitor Program each year. There are very specific regulations that must be followed for students on J-1 visas. The pages linked below have detailed information about these regulations. If you have questions, please make an appointment with an international advisor at ISSP.
- Applying for a J-1 Visa
- How to pay the required SEVIS fee
- How to apply for a J-1 visa to enter the U.S.
- Requesting a New DS-2019 (for current W&M students)
- Replacement for updated, lost, stolen or damaged DS-2019
- Admitted to a new academic program at W&M
- Changing Status to J-1
- How to change status to J-1, if you are already in the U.S. in a different status
- J-2 Dependents and J-2 Visas
- Visa and regulations for spouses and unmarried children (under age 21) of a J-1 visa holder
- Maintaining Your Immigration & Academic Status
- Course Underload
- Leave of Absence/Withdrawal
- Re-Admission after Leave of Absence/Withdrawal
- Employment, Academic Training, and Internship Opportunities
- Students: On-campus employment
- Students: Academic Training; work authorization during or after the semester
- Students: Off-Campus work authorization for economic hardship situations
- Scholars: Employment
- International Travel in J-1 Status
- How to obtain a travel signature for re-entry to the U.S.
- Automatic Visa Revalidation: return travel to the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean Islands
- Extending Your DS-2019
- Reasons for an extension
- How to apply?
- Two Year Home Residency Requirement
- What is this requirement?
- Am I required to go back home for two years upon completion of my program?
- How to fulfill the requirement?
- Procedures for waiving the requirement