Salisbury University - Center for International Education
J-1 Visa Status
30-day admission with Form I-515A
If a J-1 exchange visitor appears at a port of entry in good
faith without a properly completed or endorsed Form DS-2019,
but otherwise appears eligible for admission as a J-1
exchange visitor, the inspecting officer may grant a
temporary 30-day admission by issuing Form I-515A (Notice to
Student or Exchange Visitor).
Although an exchange visitor who has received Form I-515A is
admitted in J-1 status, the admission is for only a 30-day
period, not for duration of status (D/S). To convert the
admission to D/S, the exchange visitor must submit
certain documents to SEVP, before the
30-day expiration date recorded on Form I-94;
those documents will be listed on the I-515 A form.
For additional information, please view the
I-515 A Tool Kit on
U.S. Immigration and Customs Protection website.