J-1 Pre-Arrival

Welcome to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center!

We understand that you will have many questions about coming to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) and Los Angeles.  The Visa & International Services Administration (VISA) office is here to provide answers so please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

The information on this page provides an overview of the immigration steps you can begin today.  

  1. Follow the steps outlined in the Pre-arrival checklist  in order to prepare for your arrival to Los Angeles
  2. Immediately contact the U.S. Consulate/Embassy to start the visa application process
  3. Notify the VISA office and HR Recruitment of your intended arrival date or delays in order to coordinate your on-boarding appointments and adjust your immigration status accordingly

NOTE: You must enter the U.S. no later than 30 beyond the start date on your DS-2019.  Notify the VISA office immediately if you will be delayed.

Click on the following links for additional information on:

Applying for J-1 Visa Stamp

Health Insurance Requirements & SEVIS Fee Payment Information


Additional Resources

Directions to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Parking

CMSC Visitors Guide on Housing

CSMC Visitor's Guide on Dining

Los Angeles Area Resources

CSMC Work & Life Matters Services

CSMC Historical Perspective

International Postdoc Survival Guide from National Postdoc Association

Android app on Google Play