Any J-1 Visitor that will be traveling outside of the country for more than 30 days needs to be reported through the “Out of Country” option in SEVIS in order for their immigration record to remain Active during this time period. For record-keeping and immigration reporting purposes, Immigration Services needs to be informed of this situation.
The “Out of Country” function allows for the immigration record to remain active and show that the scholar is still an active participant of the sponsor’s program but is actively pursuing the program activity outside of the U.S.
In addition to completing this form, the scholar will need to provide proof that he or she will maintain the required insurance coverage since the Department of State considers an Active record to indicate continued program participation.
Please complete this form within 3 weeks before the scholars intends to leave.