J-1 Exchange Visitor Hub

Welcome to the Stevens Institute of Technology Exchange Visitor Program Hub!

This site serves a centralized location for all our J-1 Exchange Visitors (EVs) and their families to access important information on arriving in the United States, maintaining J-1/J-2 status, and making the most of their time in the U.S.

Incoming EVs can access information on applying for a visa, entering the U.S., and checking in at Stevens via the “Pre-Arrival Information” link.

New and current EVs can also use this site to find information on living in the New Jersey/New York area, including transportation, housing, and cultural opportunities.

We hope you find “the Hub” to be a useful and supportive tool during your time at Stevens. Should you ever have questions about this site, or about the Exchange Visitor Program in general, please do not hesitate to contact your immigration advisor.

Night view of Stevens campus from New York CityThe two towers of the new center, seen here from the World Trade Center, are clearly visible from New York City

Pre-Arrival Information

Entering the United States

Your I-94 Record is the DHS Arrival/Departure Record issued to non-immigrants who are admitted to the U.S. Your I-94 Record will show your Admission Number, your “Admit Until Date”, your biographical information, and your “Class of Admissions”.

You will also be able to access your Travel History through your I-94 Records. This will show a record of the most recent times you have entered and exited the U.S.

You should access your I-94 Records by going to the I-94 Official Website, selecting “Get Most Recent I-94”, and inputting your passport information.

  • As an F-1 or J-1 student, your I-94 should state the following:

  • Your admission number

  • Admit Until Date: “D/S” (or ‘Duration of Status’)

  • Correct biographical information

  • Class of Admissions: F-1 or J-1, depending on your visa type

If your I-94 Record shows the incorrect information, you must contact the CBP Agency to correct it. If you are having trouble locating your I-94 Record Electronically, please vsiit CBP's Website for assistance. 

What to Carry with you at the Port of Entry:

* Note: All the below mentioned documents should be kept in an easily-accessible location in carry-on luggage. Do not put your documents in your checked luggage!

  • DS-2019

  • Passport/Visa

  • DS-2019(s) and passports/visas for any J-2 dependents

  • Proof of health insurance for themselves and all dependents (health insurance information must be sent to the ISSS office for review at least 2 weeks prior to arrival in the U.S.)

SEVIS Activation & Orientation with ISSS Upon Arrival

You are required to come to the International Student and Scholar Services office within 10 days of your program start date for check-in and orientation. Your immigration advisor will reach out to schedule your orientation session in-person, or on Zoom prior to your arrival.

To complete the check-in and orientation process, you will need to submit the following to [email protected] BEFORE your scheduled orientation session:

  • Check-In Form

  • J-1 Health Insurance Requirements & Agreement

  • Copy of DS-2019

  • Copy of J-1 Visa

  • I-94 Record – to be submitted after arriving to the U.S. (visit CBP website to download your latest I-94 Arrival/Departure Record)

After your orientation and all required check-in documents have been received, ISSS will validate your J-1 record and you will become “active”.

Office Location: Howe Center Building on the Campus Map (add link). ISSS is located on the 9th Floor.

Programs for International Students and Scholars

International Student and Scholar Services hopes you will maximize your time in the U.S. by participating in activities that will help you adjust to life here in the U.S. Below is a list of activities especially for our international student community.

Programs for International Students and Scholars

Life in the U.S.

Public Transportation

Hoboken is a pedestrian-friendly city, which means that you’ll be able to get around very easily on foot!  There are, of course, a variety of transportation alternatives to walking and you can get to different parts of New York and New Jersey (including Manhattan and Jersey City) quickly and conveniently by bus, subway, ferry or car.

Housing Information

Hoboken and the local area is an exciting urban community with a great assortment of shops, restaurants, parks, historical sites, businesses and nightlife. Public transportation options abound, and Stevens also offers a robust shuttle program to make nearby neighborhoods extremely accessible to campus. A small number of graduate students live in Stevens Leased Housing apartments – located in Hoboken within walking distance of the campus.

As scholars/professors or student interns, you will not be eligible for student housing unless your sponsoring department has made special housing arrangements for you. The following resources will assist you in finding housing and getting around in the local area:

Cultural Opportunities

Want to learn more about Stevens and Hoboken? The Mile Square Ranked one of the nation’s best college towns by The Princeton Review and “the most exciting small city in America” by Movoto, Stevens’ hometown of Hoboken, N.J. is only one square mile in size, but within this small area is one of the nation’s most unique, vibrant and walkable urban communities. Offering a wide variety of options for shopping, restaurants, parks and nightlife – as well as numerous cultural, music and ethnic festivals throughout the year – Hoboken is a dynamic, comfortable and culturally-diverse residential community as well as popular tourist destination. It is known as the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra, as well as the home of Carlo’s Bakery, famous from TLC’s “Cake Boss.”

Learn more about Hoboken

Learn more about Hoboken

Learn more about Hoboken
Pedestrians walk along the businesses of Washington Street, in Hoboken.

Hoboken Cultural Activities

EVs and their dependents are encouraged to participate in cultural activities and events during their time here in the U.S. Refer to Hoboken's Event Calendar to learn more about available events.

Hoboken Cultural Activities
A view of the NYC skylike and Hudson River from Hoboken, N.J

ISSS Sponsored Events

Throughout the year, ISSS offers engaging programming aimed at bringing together our J-1 population with the wider Stevens community. With a cross cultural approach to our events, we hope to provide experiences and facilitate networking opportunities for J-1 Exchange Visitors at Stevens. Look out for emails throughout the semester and visit our J-1 “Life in the U.S.” webpage to keep up to date on the latest events.

The Torch Bearers sculpture on Stevens campus.

Information on Taxes, Social Security Numbers, Bank Accounts, and more

As a J-1 exchanges visitor, you will be eligible to apply for a driver’s license in the U.S., and may be eligible for a Social Security Number if you will be employed at Stevens. You will also be required to file taxes every year, regardless of whether you receive a salary in the U.S.

In Case of Emergency

For an ambulance, the fire department, or local police: Call 911

For the Stevens police: Call 201-216-3911

*Please note: Insurance companies do not typically pay ambulance fees, so you should only call an ambulance for a true medical emergency. If you need to see a doctor for routine illness, it is recommended that you travel by public transportation, taxi, or car.

Local Hospitals & Medical Centers

Hoboken University Medical Center and CarePoint Health

  • Address: 308 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030

  • Phone: (201) 418-1000

Jersey City Medical Center

  • Address: 355 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

  • Phone: (201) 915-2000

Hackensack University Medical Center

  • Address: 30 Prospect Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

  • Phone: (551) 996-2000

*Please note: Before making any doctor’s appointments, you should speak with your insurance company to find out what kind of medical coverage you have, and which hospitals or medical centers are covered under your insurance. Stevens Student Health Center may be able to provide you with referrals to reputable doctors in the area, but please note that you will not be able to seek treatment at the Student Health Center itself if you are not in a J-1 student category.

Prior to your Departure