J-1 Transfers

The Department of State permits J-1 exchange visitors (EVs) to transfer to a different sponsor (another institution or another Yale department) when the EV will carry out the same J-1 program objective at a new sponsor (or new Yale department). Their Yale faculty supervisor/PI who wishes to accept the EV is required to demonstrate the continuity of their J-1 Exchange Visitor objective via the Exchange Visitor Objective Continuity Justification Form. The OISS adviser will assess transfer eligibility by reviewing the overall information provided with the DS-2019 request. Contact your OISS adviser with your questions about J-1 transfer-in eligibility.

If eligible, the EV is considered to continue the same J-1 program, which is allowed the J-1 time not exceed the maximum permitted by their J-1 category starting from their original DS-2019 start date. The transfer is processed through an update in the J-1 scholar's SEVIS record and must be completed prior to the end date as noted on the form DS-2019. Upon transfer, the EV will receive a new DS-2019 reflecting the new appointment information.


For J-1 Scholars Transferring to Yale from Another Institution

The requested transfer date/appointment start date for J-1 scholars transferring to Yale need to be set with a sufficient time to clear the Yale new employee background check before date of transfer in SEVIS.

J-1 scholars who have a Yale appointment and who are currently in the U.S. in J-1 status must complete the Transfer In Verification Form and attach it to their OISS Connect account (they will receive login information from OISS Connect via email with an invitation to access their record).

In order to complete the transfer and receive a new DS-2019, all new scholars must report to OISS within 15 days of their transfer release date. If on Yale payroll, the scholar must report at latest on the hire date. They are also required to complete a Form I-9 with the Employee Services by presenting a new DS-2019 issued by Yale OISS.