When you arrive

Check in with ISSS

You must visit the International Student and Scholar Services office to check in as soon as possible after you arrive. ISSS is located in Old Champlain, Room 142R. Bring your passport and original DS-2019. If you have dependents in the U.S. in J-2 status, you should also bring their passports and DS-2019s to check in.

Attend an ISSS Scholar Orientation

When you check in, we will register you for the next available ISSS Scholar Orientation. This orientation is required of all new international scholars. At orientation, we will review the J-1 Scholar Handbook and important information about life in Binghamton and maintaining your J-1 status. You will also meet with a Health Insurance Advisor, who will enroll you (and any J-2 dependents) in health insurance and explain your insurance coverage and healthcare options. After you attend orientation, ISSS will update your SEVIS record to confirm that you have arrived in Binghamton. This is a required step to maintain your J-1 status.

Meet with your host department

You should meet with your sponsoring faculty member or another representative of your academic department as soon as possible after you arrive. Your host department is responsible for helping you get a university ID card, a university email, and access to university resources. 

Complete HR procedures if you are being paid by Binghamton University 

If you will be paid by Binghamton University or the Binghamton University Research Foundation, your department will advise you on any paperwork that must be completed with Human Resources. You will also need to apply for a Social Security Number.

Understand requirements for maintaining your J-1 status

Review these requirements on the ISSS website and in the J-1 Scholar Handbook. If you have any questions about maintaining your status, visit ISSS during walk-in advising hours

Review information about traveling

If you will travel outside the U.S. during your J-1 program, you and any J-2 dependents must ensure that you have all of the required documents to return to the U.S.:

  • Original DS-2019 with a travel signature from ISSS within the last 12 months (6 months for Short Term Scholars)
  • Passport valid at least 6 months into the future\
  • Valid J-1 visa

If you are planning to travel outside the U.S. for longer than 30 days, please meet with an ISSS advisor during walk-in advising hours to discuss your travel plans.