Change of Status
You have been offered an appointment as a Research Scholar or Professor within a department of the University of Maryland College Park. The J-1 visa is the most commonly used visa for post-doctoral researchers and non-tenured teaching positions.
In order to change your status to J-1 within the United States, please refer to the procedures information below. This process is dependent on your current immigration status. Please consult with an OIS advisor before deciding to change status in the U.S.
- The UMCP Department has offered you an appointment. The department will notify the Office of International Services to issue a DS-2019 form and mail it to you to include in your application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services center.
- In order to process and issue your DS-2019 form, you will need to complete a DS-2019 request form and return it to your UMCP department. Your UMCP department will request a DS-2019 form on your behalf from OIS.
- Once you have received the DS-2019 form from OIS, you will submit the following to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services center:
- Form I-539
- I-797 form: Proof of payment of SEVIS I-901 fee ($180)
- Letter from UMCP Department regarding the conditions of your employment.
- $290 check payable to "Department of Homeland Security"
- Your signed DS-2019 form (your signature must be on the bottom of the form)
- A copy of your I-94 record (and those of any dependents to be changed to J-2). Your I-94 record can be accessed at www.cbp.gov/I94.
- Supporting documentation verifying your current status, such as a visa stamp
- Cover letter explaining why you wish to change status.
- Completed Change of Status Acknowledgment Form for J-1 Scholars
- Anyone in A or G status will also need to fill out a form I-566 for clearance from their organization or embassy and the U.S. Department of State
- Please indicate clearly, "I-539 : Change of status form", on the outside of the envelope. Use a form of U.S. Mail that is traceable and retain photocopies of your complete application for your records.
- The application should be sent to the following address if you reside in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC:
For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries:
P.O. Box 660166
Dallas, TX 75266
For Express mail and courier deliveries:
2501 S. State Highway 121 Business
Lewisville, TX 75067
NOTE: If your address is not local to the University of Maryland, please contact OIS at (301) 314-1469 to determine the correct service center.
- You should receive a notice from the USCIS within two to three weeks indicating that they have received your application. The notice contains a receipt number that you can use to check the status of your application online.
- If your application is approved, you will have J-1 status inside the United States. If you travel outside the US and intend to return as a J-1 visitor (student, scholar,etc), you will need to obtain a J-1 visa from a US Embassy or Consulate abroad. If your application is rejected, please contact an advisor in OIS.