Pre-Arrival, Orientation, & Contact Information for J-1 Exchange Visitor

Important International Travel Updates by US Department of State

Beginning Nov 8, 2021, all J-1 exchange visitor applicants (age 18 or older at the time of travel) will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to arrival in the United States, subject to limited exceptions.

Exceptions for J-1 Exchange Visitors include:

The Centers for Disease Control has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, accepted vaccines will include those approved by the Food and Drug Administration, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO). See the US Department of State’s FAQs and CDC’s FAQs for more details about Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel.

COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation/Exemption Requirements

To protect the health and safety of the Bellevue College campus community and the public, the College requires all faculty, staff and students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with an authorized vaccine unless an individual receives an authorized exemption.  

All online and in-person students must complete the vaccination attestation (confirmation) or request an exemption.

Pre-Arrival, Orientation, & Contact Information

Bellevue College (BC) welcomes Exchange Visitors (i.e., Scholars and Exchange Students). The Global Initiatives (GI) department at Bellevue College is here to help you. We hope you will enjoy your stay at BC and be successful.

View the Pre-Arrival Information Brochure [PDF] for more details of the followings:

  • Purpose of J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
  • Sevis Fee & J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
  • Travel To & Entry Into The United States
  • Arriving in the U.S.: Notification Requirement, Mandatory Arrival Orientation
  • Working in the U.S.: Employment in J-1 Exchange Scholars Status, Employment in J-1 Exchange Student Status, Two-Year Home Residency Requirement, Social Security, and Taxes
  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Status: Maintaining J-1 Exchange Visitor Status, Studying in J-1 Exchange Visitor Status, Transfer of J-1 Sponsorship to BC
  • Attending Bellevue College: Create BC Email Account (NetId), Class Schedules
  • Driving In The U.S.: Obtaining US Driver’s License, International Driver’s License, Automobile Insurance
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Mandatory Orientation:

J-1 Exchange Students and Scholars are REQUIRED BY LAW to meet with a Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) within three (3) days of their program start date. Email Bellevue College (BC) Global Initiatives office at or call 425-564-3052 to schedule an Exchange Student/Scholar Orientation. If an Exchange Student/Scholar does not schedule an orientation within three (3) days of the program start date on the form DS-2019, that Exchange Student/Scholar may lose his/her legal status in the U.S.

In this mandatory orientation, the Exchange Student/Scholar also gets these information:

Responsible Officer (RO):

Diem O’Rourke (Mrs.)

Diem O'Rourke's Photo

J-1 Immigration Compliance and Program Specialist
Office of Global Initiatives
(425) 564-3052 Tel (direct)
(425) 564-3169 Tel (main)
(425) 641-0246 Fax Email (direct) Email (main)

Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO):

Jean D’Arc Campbell, Ph.D. (Mr.)

Photo of Dean of OIEGI, Jean D'Arc Campbell

Dean of International Education and Global Initiatives
(425) 564-3160 Tel (direct)
(425) 564-3169 Tel (main)
(425) 641-0246 Fax Email (direct) Email (main)

Kazumi Hada(Ms.)

Photo of the Director of International Education, Kazumi Hada

Director of International Education
(425) 564-4068 Tel (direct)
(425) 564-3169 Tel (main)
(425) 641-0246 Fax Email (direct) Email (main)


Director of Global Initiatives Email (main)

Last Updated December 30, 2022