You have a grace period. Do not leave the US or you probably won't get back in.
Here's a link to brief explanation: http://j1visa.state.gov/participants/current/adjustments-and-extensions/
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The thirty day "grace period" is said to begin once your J-1 program ends. See the USCIS website for further details.
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I don't know which authorities he called, but you do get the 30-day grace period from the end date of your exchange program. If you are subject to the two-year foreign residency requirement, you cannot even change your status unless you take care of that requirement first, so it's out of the question.
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Yes, with J-1 you get 30-day grace period.
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