The DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status documents eligibility for J-1 status. ISO issues the DS-2019 using the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a government database administered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Sponsorship Duration

For multi-year-eligible appointments, ISO will issue a DS-2019 with the dates listed on the offer or reappointment letter, up to the 5-year limit or other eligibility limits.

For annual appointments, ISO may issue the DS-2019 for up to 5 years (or to the end of the appointment title eligibility, whichever is shorter); however, the department must indicate that the current expectation of programmatic needs is for more than one year, and the offer or reappointment letter must specifically state that continued visa sponsorship is contingent upon successful reappointment.

For all appointments, units/exchange visitors must demonstrate sufficient funding for the requested sponsorship period.