- Find a designated sponsor and contact them.
The designated sponsors supervise the application process and are the main point of contact throughout the exchange program process.
- Get Form DS-2019 from the designated sponsor.
Form DS-2019 , “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” is a Department of State controlled document that can only be produced through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).The sponsor must approve the accompaniment of the spouse and/or children who will each be issued their own Form DS-2019
Note:The Training/Internship Placement Plan (Form DS-7002) is the most important part of the application and must be signed by the Supervisor, Intern/Trainee and the GACC prior to the issuance of the DS-2019.
- Pay SEVIS Fee.
- Schedule the interview.
- Prepare materials.(Please see required documents)
- Attend visa interview. Get adequate J1 visa health insurance that meets the minimum requirements specified by the U.S. Department of State.