Requesting a DS-2019

Process for Submitting a DS-2019

Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status

  1. Department or faculty sponsor invites the visiting professor or researcher (timing varies).
  2. Department and Division submits the DS-2019 request form to the scholar advisor liaison via email to
  3. Upon receiving a completed request form and confirmation of the English language proficiency, required by Department of State, the scholar advisor will issue a DS-2019 within 5 business days.
  4. The DS-2019, welcome letter, and pre-arrival information can be Fedexed directly to the scholar, if the department sends over a prepaid mailing label, or ISSS will forward it back to department to mail out. (one week, once packet is complete)
  5. After receiving the DS-2019 the exchange visitor pays the I-901 SEVIS fee, applies for a J-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate, which may take anywhere from 1-4 months or longer, depending on the country of origin. (1-4 months)
  6. Exchange visitor arrives in the U.S. within 30 days of the program start date. The EV onboards with the assigned Academic Personnel/Payroll staff, reports to ISSS, and attends new scholar orientation
  7. After completing orientation ISSS will validate the J-1 EV's SEVIS record.

Please note: Fulbright scholars receive their DS-2019 from the Institute of International Education (IIE). However, they require the same process as J-1 scholars sponsored by SJSU. Please also inform ISSS if you are hosting a Fulbright Scholar.





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