Newly Admitted J-1 Students

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Visa Workshop & Check-In

All J-1 degree and exchange students are required by the U.S. Department of State (DoS) and DCISS to complete a J-1 Visa Workshop and Visa Check-In, both components of iSTART@UCLA, to validate their J-1 status in the U.S. If you fail to check-in with DCISS within 30 days after the start date indicated on your DS-2019, you will automatically fall out of J-1 visa status affecting your ability to participate in your studies and remain in the U.S.

Mandatory Visa Workshop

All newly admitted J-1 degree and exchange students are required to complete the mandatory J-1 Visa Workshop. The J-1 Visa workshop is only offered online through iSTART@UCLA: Pre-Arrival Orientation . The orientation will provide you with information on how to maintain your J-1 status at UCLA, apply for J-1 benefits, and request services provided by DCISS.

All newly admitted J-1 students must complete the J-1 Visa Workshop online and pass the J-1 Visa Workshop Quiz to successfully meet this requirement.

Mandatory Visa Check-In

Upon arrival to UCLA, all newly admitted J-1 degree and exchange students are required to check-in with DCISS. The mandatory Visa Check-In requirement can only be completed in-person at Bradley International Hall at ONE of the designated DCISS Visa Check-In Sessions.

Please bring the following documents to your designated visa check-in session:

  • Completed DCISS J-1 Check-In Form
  • Copy of page 1 of your UCLA DS-2019
  • Copy of your I-94 Admission Record
  • Copy of your J-1 Visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
  • Copy of your Most Recent U.S. Entry Stamp Inside Passport
  • Copy of your Passport Photo Page
  • Original Passport and UCLA DS-2019

Please Note: Only make copies of the documents listed above AFTER your arrival to the U.S. DCISS does not provide photocopy or print services. Please plan accordingly. You will not be able to complete the visa check-In if you do not have the documents listed above.

Mandatory Address, Phone Number, and E-Mail Reporting

All J-1 degree and exchange students are required to maintain a valid local U.S. address, overseas address, U.S. telephone number, overseas telephone number, and e-mail at all times during their studies at UCLA Upon arrival to UCLA, please log on to and click on “Settings”, then click on “Official Email/Address/Phone” at the top right hand corner to update your contact information in the UCLA system. Update your contact information as follows:

  • E-Mail: Must reflect a verifiable email address that you check on a daily basis.

  • Mailing Address: Must reflect your local U.S. address within the Los Angeles area.

  • Permanent Address: Must reflect your overseas address outside the U.S. country.

  • Primary Phone Number: Must reflect a valid 10-digit U.S. phone number. Input numbers only. No special characters, spacing, or parentheses (Example: 3109876543).

Please Note: Updating your contact information in MyUCLA is very important. DCISS cannot validate your arrival and J-1 status with DHS until your information has been updated.

Mandatory Health Insurance Requirement

All J-1 degree and exchange students are required to have health, accident, medical evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance at all times during their studies at UCLA. The UCLA UCSHIP plan offered for degree and exchange students meet this requirement. Visit the Ashe Student Health Center for more information. You must also have health insurance for any period of time that UCSHIP will not cover during your stay in the U.S. UCSHIP coverage begins on the first day of Fall Quarter start date.

One option is to purchase a one-month insurance policy plan from one of the following providers:

Moreover, if you arrive to the U.S. earlier than the start date of Fall Quarter, you must purchase a short-term health insurance plan from one of the options above to bridge the period before your UCSHIP coverage begins.


To ensure that all students complete the check-in requirement, DCISS has placed a future HOLD on your records. The HOLD will be completely removed once the following are complete:

  • iSTART Online Orientation
  • Visa Check-In
  • Updating Address, Phone Number, and E-mail in MyUCLA

If you do not complete the J-1 Visa Workshop and the Visa Check-In requirement by the end of Week 2 of your first Quarter at UCLA, an all-services hold from DCISS will become active on your Student Record which will affect your eligibility to receive services from DCISS and UCLA departments, restrict your course enrollment, and restrict your access to UCLA campus resources.

Failure to comply with visa check-in requirements in a timely manner will result in termination of your J-1 status.


Fall 2018 Visa
Check-In Sessions

Early Start, College Summer Institute (CSI), and Anderson MBA Students:

 AUG 03 | 10AM – 2PM

Law School Students and AUD M.Arch.II Students

 AUG 03 | 10AM – 2PM
 AUG 24 | 12PM – 4PM

Degree and Exchange Students for Fall:

 AUG 03 | 10AM – 2PM
 AUG 24 | 12PM – 4PM

SEPT 14 | 12PM – 4PM
SEPT 21 | 12PM – 4PM
SEPT 26 | 12PM – 4PM

Anderson MFE:

SEPT 14 | 12PM – 4PM
SEPT 26 | 12PM – 4PM

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