Grace Period for J Status
J-1 Scholars and Student Interns are given a 30 day grace period before and after the start date on the DS-2019 during which they may arrive and check-in. Please review the page on Arrival and Check-In Requirement for more information on the 30 day grace period around the start date.
J-1 Scholars and Student Interns are also given a 30 day grace period AFTER the end date on the DS-2019 during which they must depart the U.S. Scholars and Student Interns may not participate in their J-1 program during the grace period. Rather, the grace period is to be used to prepare to depart the U.S. and do any last minute sight-seeing or recreational activities.