Before Arrival | J-1 Scholar Exchange Program

Program Overview

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Complete J-1 Questionnaire

ISSS will send you a link for you to complete the  J-1 Questionnaire. The unit that invites you must start the process with ISSS before you are sent the link. 
2

Form(s) DS-2019

Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, is an official form used by the United States government to keep a record of a J-1 scholar or researcher.

A program sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State issues Form DS-2019 which contains important program details for the scholar, including the visit's purpose and duration, funding information, and sponsor details.

Form DS-2019 is required to obtain a J-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas and to enter and maintain legal status in the U.S. as a J-1 exchange visitor.

  • University of Colorado Denver’s Exchange Visitor Program Number: P-1-03858.
  • Your SEVIS number is in the upper, right corner of Form DS-2019.

The consular officer who issues your visa should complete the Preliminary Endorsement section of the form. For Canadian citizens, this should be done at the Port of Entry into the United States.

You may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the start date on the form and you must depart the U.S. or apply for another immigration status within 30 days after the end date.

Note that you are only permitted to engage in activities authorized under the program and category specified on Form DS-2019.

3

Pay the SEVIS Fee

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is administered by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to track J-1 Exchange Visitors.

As a new J-1 Exchange Visitor, you are required to pay a SEVIS fee of USD $220 before you can obtain your J-1 visa or before you enter the U.S. if you are visa exempt.

  • The fee is not charged if you are transferring from one program to another unless you are moving from a government J program to a non-government J program.
  • Accompanying family members entering as J-2 dependents do not pay the fee.

Pay the fee at https://fmjfee.com, the SEVIS I-901 fee processing website, before your visa interview appointment or before you enter the U.S. You will need

  • University of Colorado Denver Exchange Visitor Program Number: P-1-03858
  • Your SEVIS number from the top right corner of Form DS-2019. It starts with N and has 10 numbers.

Print the I-901 receipt to take to your visa interview and/or to present when you enter the U.S.

4

Apply for a Visa

As a new J-1 Exchange Visitor you must apply for a J-1 entry visa unless you are visa exempt (Canadian and Bermudian citizens). J-2 dependents must apply for J-2 entry visas (see below)

Find the U.S. Embassy, Consulate, Diplomatic Mission or office providing consular services where you will apply. On the website you will find instructions for making an appointment, paying the visa fee(s), and the documents you will need.

A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. A visa only allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port of entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States.

In general, you will present the following documents:

1

Complete J-1 Questionnaire

ISSS will send you a link for you to complete the  J-1 Questionnaire. The unit that invites you must start the process with ISSS before you are sent the link. 
2

Form(s) DS-2019

Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, is an official form used by the United States government to keep a record of a J-1 scholar or researcher.

A program sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State issues Form DS-2019 which contains important program details for the scholar, including the visit's purpose and duration, funding information, and sponsor details.

Form DS-2019 is required to obtain a J-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas and to enter and maintain legal status in the U.S. as a J-1 exchange visitor.

  • University of Colorado Denver’s Exchange Visitor Program Number: P-1-03858.
  • Your SEVIS number is in the upper, right corner of Form DS-2019.

The consular officer who issues your visa should complete the Preliminary Endorsement section of the form. For Canadian citizens, this should be done at the Port of Entry into the United States.

You may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the start date on the form and you must depart the U.S. or apply for another immigration status within 30 days after the end date.

Note that you are only permitted to engage in activities authorized under the program and category specified on Form DS-2019.

3

Pay the SEVIS Fee

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is administered by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to track J-1 Exchange Visitors.

As a new J-1 Exchange Visitor, you are required to pay a SEVIS fee of USD $220 before you can obtain your J-1 visa or before you enter the U.S. if you are visa exempt.

  • The fee is not charged if you are transferring from one program to another unless you are moving from a government J program to a non-government J program.
  • Accompanying family members entering as J-2 dependents do not pay the fee.

Pay the fee at https://fmjfee.com, the SEVIS I-901 fee processing website, before your visa interview appointment or before you enter the U.S. You will need

  • University of Colorado Denver Exchange Visitor Program Number: P-1-03858
  • Your SEVIS number from the top right corner of Form DS-2019. It starts with N and has 10 numbers.

Print the I-901 receipt to take to your visa interview and/or to present when you enter the U.S.

4

Apply for a Visa

As a new J-1 Exchange Visitor you must apply for a J-1 entry visa unless you are visa exempt (Canadian and Bermudian citizens). J-2 dependents must apply for J-2 entry visas (see below)

Find the U.S. Embassy, Consulate, Diplomatic Mission or office providing consular services where you will apply. On the website you will find instructions for making an appointment, paying the visa fee(s), and the documents you will need.

A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. A visa only allows you to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port of entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States.

In general, you will present the following documents:

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Make Travel Arrangements

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