Mandatory J-1 Scholar Orientation

Check-In and orientation are mandatory procedures within the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program per the U.S. Department of State. You will receive an email reminder with orientation information close to your expected arrival date. Attendance is required. If you miss an orientation session, you will need to make the next available session so please email

After orientation and check-in an ISSS team member will validate your SEVIS record. This step is necessary before you apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) at a Social Security Administration Office or for a California driver’s license at a local DMV station. You will receive instructions about these processes at orientation.





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