A valid passport and visa are
required for all non-immigrant students. A passport should be valid for at
least six months beyond the expiration date of the Certificate of Eligibility
issued by Purdue University. Exchange students are responsible for maintaining
validity of their passports throughout their stay in the U.S.
Certificate of Eligibility – DS2019
Once exchange students have been
approved to study in the United States and officially admitted to Purdue
University, a Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019) will be mailed. The DS-2019
is valid for 30 days before and after the academic program. Exchange students
can arrive in the United States 30 days before Purdue's semester begins and
depart the home country 30 days after the semester ends.
September 1, 2004, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires
collection of a one-time fee to cover operational costs of the Student and
Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Students who receive their DS-2019
for initial entry to the U.S. must pay the SEVIS fee before
they can apply for their J-1 exchange visitor visa.
paying the SEVIS fee, take the SEVIS receipt, the Form DS-2019, valid passport,
and evidence of financial support to the nearest US Embassy or U.S. Consulate
to obtain a J-1 exchange visitor visa. When students depart for the US the
above documents should be taken. A US immigration officer will review these
items at the US city of arrival.
into the US
At the US
port of entry, students pass through US Customs and Immigration. Immigration
officials will check the passport, J-1 visa, SEVIS receipt, and Certificate of
Eligibility and activate the Arrival/Departure record (Form I-94) that is filled
out on the plane prior to landing. The immigration officer will stamp the
arrival date and duration of status on the Form I-94 according to the dates
listed on your Certificate of Eligibility.
Outside the US
Before leaving the US for
any reason during the exchange program at Purdue, check first with the Office
of International Students and Scholars to make sure the travel
documents are in order. A document needs to be signed to return to the US.