Exchange visitors new to the UW (including transfers from another school in the US) must visit International Scholars Operations (ISO) at 239 Gerberding Hall for a scheduled check-in session so that their arrival on campus can be reported to the US Department of Homeland Security as required by federal law. Scheduled check-ins take place on Tuesdays at 3:00 PM and Thursdays at 10:00 AM. Exchange visitors should arrive ten to fifteen minutes early so the one-hour check-in session can begin promptly. Exchange visitors must attend a check-in session not later than 30 days after the program start date indicated in item 3 of the DS-2019 form.
They should bring to the check-in session their:
- I-94 record (either the paper I-94 card in their passport OR a printout of their electronic I-94 record)
- original DS-2019 form (including family DS-2019s)
- local Seattle-area residence address
- Insurance Compliance Statement
Exchange visitors must register on-line to attend a J-1 Scholar Check-in session. If the scheduled times are inconvenient, they may phone (206) 685-8847 to schedule an appointment. Scholars who are not feeling well may delay attendance, as long as they attend a check-in within 30 days of the start date. Scholars who delay attendance due to illness should contact ISO to let us know that they have arrived and will attend check-in at a later date.
Failure to check-in with ISO causes automatic revocation of the Exchange Visitor’s lawful J-1 status and may lead to detention and deportation if not remedied immediately.