All J scholars who have been issued DS-2019s by Stanford for the J-1 Research Scholar or Short Term Scholar categories must follow these instructions so that their SEVIS records can be validated within the required time frame.
The J regulations state that your SEVIS record must be validated within a specified period and validation of your SEVIS record cannot be done until after you have arrived and submitted the J Arrival and Insurance Confirmation web form. After you arrive in the U.S., you must complete and submit the J Arrival and Insurance Confirmation web form. Please note that you must have health insurance, which satisfies J visa requirements.
Do not complete and submit the form until after you arrive or you may have problems entering the U.S.
You must complete and submit the form after you arrive and not later than the 15th day after the program start date on your DS-2019.