Validating Your J-1 Visa

Once you arrive in the United States, you must notify Cultural Vistas within 5 days so that we can validate your visa status and program participation with the U.S. government database (known as SEVIS). Your program can be cancelled  if this information is not received in a timely manner. Please complete your validation by logging into the Cultural Vistas portal.

Visa Validation for Teachers Visa Validation for Trainees, Interns, Research Scholars

Use “forgot password” if needed to login.  This is the same login information you used for your initial application for sponsorship.  Many participants move between student emails, work emails and personal emails when transferring to the U.S. so you might want to try more than one if it does not recognize your email address.

You should visit this link again to re-submit your personal information should there be any changes in your email, phone number, or residential address during your program. This needs to be done within 10 days of the change to remain compliant with J-1 Visa regulations.

You will not be able to apply for a Social Security card if you have not contacted us to provide this information. You should wait 48 hours after submitting this personal information to Cultural Vistas for visa validation and a minimum of 10 days after you arrive in the United States before applying for your Social Security number.

You can find more information about applying for a Social Security Number here.

If you experience issues with this step, please contact us at

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Validating Your J-1 Visa