General Information for all J-1 Visitors

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This site provides information for J-1 visitors on East-West Center or U.S. State Department J-1 visa sponsorship.

General

  • Links to U.S. Embassies and Consulates in the Asia-Pacific Region [website]
  • Exchange Visitor Program Welcome Brochure [pdf]
  • Exchange Visitor Visas [website]
  • Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement [EWC webpage]
  • Differentiating Visa vs. Status [website]

Insurance

  • The Exchange Visitor Health Insurance Requirement [pdf]
  • Verification of Insurance Coverage [form-fillable doc
  • Health & Repatriation/Medical Evacuation Insurance Plan Options - updated July 2017 [doc]
  • Insurance Requirement Acknowledgement Form [pdf]
  • ACA-Compliance Requirement for EWC J-1 Exchange Visitors - Acknowledgment Form [pdf]

Social Security/ITIN Numbers & Hawaii State IDs/Driver Licenses

  • Social Security Number Eligibility and Application Procedures [website]
  • Social Security Number Computer-Fillable Application Form [pdf]
  • Honolulu Social Security Administration (SSA) Office Hours & Location [pdf] [website]
  • Form I-94 needed for SSN Application [website
  • Individual Taxpayer ID (ITIN) [EWC webpage]
  • DMV Fact Sheet:  Applying for Driver’s Licenses and/or State ID Cards [pdf]
  • SSN/DMV/State ID Informational Handout for J1 Students [pdf]

Travel

  • Travel Abroad and Re-Entry to the U.S. [pdf]
  • Procedures for Entry into Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean from the U.S. and Re-Entry to the U.S. [pdf]

 

Information for J-1 Scholars/Specialists
  • Responsibilities of an EWC J-1 Scholar/Specialist - updated November 2015 [pdf]

 

Information for J-1 Students
  • Responsibilities of an EWC J-1 Student - updated August 2016 [pdf]

Full-Time Enrollment

  • UHM-ISS Advisory on Policy and Exceptions [website]
  • Request for Authorization to Drop Below Full-Time Enrollment [form-fillable doc]

Employment

  • Procedures for Applying for On-Campus Employment [pdf]
  • Request for On-Campus Employment [form-fillable pdf]

Academic Training

  • What Employers Should Know about Hiring International Students [pdf]
  • Guidelines for Certification of Academic Training Offer Letter [pdf]
  • Request for Academic Training (confirm eligibility with EWC Scholarship coordinator [form-fillable doc] [form-fillable pdf]

 


Contact Information:

Valerie Wong, EWC Visa Officer
1601 East-West Road, JAB 2067
Honolulu, HI  96813
Tel:  (808)944-7706
Fax:  (808) 944-7730
E-Mail:  wongv@eastwestcenter.org

Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (appointment recommended)