Office of International Students and Scholars

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Checklist for Applying for a J-1 Visa

  • Form DS-2019, issued in SEVIS by the school's Responsible Officer (RO) or Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)

  • Proof of having paid the SEVIS FEE
  • Documentation of financial ability to meet expenses
  • Evidence of English ability sufficient for exchange program
  • Evidence of residence abroad and intent to depart the U.S. after completion of the program
  • Passport
  • Form DS-156, "Nonimmigrant Visa Application
  • Form DS-157, if required
  • Form DS-158
  • Photographs
  • Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee
  • Visa reciprocity fee, if applicable