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The J Connection

April 2019

Protecting your Social Security number from identity theft

If the wrong person obtains your Social Security number, they can use it to get other personal information about you, such as bank or credit information. Make sure that you're taking steps to protect your Social Security number. Follow these tips:
  • Don't carry your Social Security card or number with you in your wallet or purse unless you need it for something specific that day.
  • Be careful not to provide your Social Security number on unsafe websites.
  • Shred personal documents that contain your Social Security number before throwing them in the trash.
  • Be careful about giving out your Social Security number over the phone. If you're not sure if the call is legitimate, do not give out your number. 
For more information, see the Social Security Administration blog

Welcome your new colleagues to Augusta University

We'd like to welcome all of our new J-1 exchange visitors who have arrived this year!

Check out photos of your new colleagues on the IPSO website by clicking the button below. 
New J-1 Exchange Visitor Photos

Don't let your passport or DS-2019 expire

Foreign passports may not expire while in the U.S. If your or your dependent’s passport is within 12 months of expiration, we recommend that you visit the nearest consulate or embassy of your home country to renew your passport. 
The Form DS-2019 may not expire either. If the end date on your Form DS-2019 is within 6 months of expiration, please see the "Extending Your J-1 Status" section on our website. 

Your J-1 visa IS allowed to expire

It's okay if the J-1 visa in your passport expires while you are in the U.S. 

If the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection Immigration Officer at the port of entry (generally an airport) admitted you into the United States for a specific period of time, s/he will note your authorized period of stay on the admission stamp in your passport, as well as on your Form I-94 and your Arrival/Departure Record.

You will be able to remain in the United States during your authorized period of stay, even if your visa expires during the time you are in the United States.

If you travel outside the U.S. and your J-1 visa is expired, you will likely need to renew it before re-entering the U.S. For more information, see the Visa FAQ page.

Traveling outside the U.S.?

If you are planning to travel outside the U.S., you may request a travel endorsement appointment up to 60 days in advance. 

When you come to our office for your appointment, remember to bring your passport, visa, I-94 and travel letter from your department. 
Request an Appointment

New "Resources" section provides community information, useful links and more

We've put together a new section on our website that is full of links to resources, including information about local English language classes and cultural organizations, a community directory and more.

To access the Resources section, click on the dropdown menu next to IPSO in the top left corner of the homepage. (The symbol for the dropdown menu is three horizontal lines.)  

What is a yard sale or garage sale?   

Now that the weather is warmer, you may have noticed "yard sale" or "garage sale" signs posted in or near neighborhoods. 

Yard sales are hosted by people who want to recycle used household items by selling them for reduced prices to other people in the community. These sales are typically held in front yards, driveways and garages.
The origins of yard sales date back to the 1800s when ships that docked in port cities would unload damaged or unclaimed cargo at the docks and sell it, according to The Ultimate History Project. The word rummage, or romage in old English, comes from the Middle French word arrumage, which means to stow goods in the hold of a ship.

Rummage sale later became a term associated with sales held at churches or other organizations to raise money for charity. Over the years, rummage sale also became associated with residential sales or sales by individuals.

But the sale of used, unwanted items by individuals really expanded in the late 1960s and 1970s, according to The more prosperous 1950s and 1960s (after World War II), meant that people accumulated more household items than they needed. More people also bought houses in the suburbs outside of cities, which provided the perfect venue to sell those items. 

Today, Americans host between 6.5 to 9 million yard sales a year, according to

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