Procedures for beginning a new J-1 program
Requests for J-1 sponsorship must be initiated by an established administrative liaison from your academic department. If your department plans to request J-1 status for you, the department administrator will complete a Request for DS-2019 form. The department administrator will ask you to submit various documents required for the application, including a copy of your passport, curriculum vitae, and financial documentation if necessary. Once the Office of Global Services receives the request form and supporting documents from your department, the office will review the information and issue a DS-2019 form for you using the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database. Your department administrator will mail the form to you so you can then apply for your J-1 visa stamp at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
The Office of Global Services requires a minimum of a three-month lead-time for all new scholars arriving from overseas. This is to allow sufficient time for the Office of Global Services to process your DS-2019 form and for you to receive it in the mail then apply for your J-1 visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy in your home country.