Do not begin the form until you have determined the exact dates of your intended visit.
After the dates of your visit are set, we will initiate your J-1 scholar visa application and send you a link by email to complete the applicant information section. After that section is completed, we will issue the Form DS-2019: Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status. The form allows you to seek an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in order to obtain a J visa to enter the United States. Indiana University will send the DS-2019 to you by express mail.
Save the cover letter that accompanies the DS-2019. It includes your IU identification number, required to create your IU email account and complete the check-in process upon arrival at IU.
If you receive housing from Indiana University, it is imperative that you list accurate arrival and departure dates for your visit. Failure to provide accurate dates could jeopardize your housing reservation. If the dates of your visit change after the form has been submitted, you should notify email@example.com to see if housing will be available on those dates.
If a child, spouse, or other dependent will accompany you, you must provide each individual’s name, date of birth, and relationship to you on the form. You must also upload a scanned copy of the passport photo page for each dependent.
If Indiana University provides your housing under the terms of the exchange agreement with your home institution and a dependent will be joining you, the Office of International Partnerships will see if space is available in one of IU’s international scholar houses on the IU Bloomington campus. If space is not available, you must find your own housing at your own expense. Indiana University is obligated only to provide housing for the individual scholar.
A letter (printed on official letterhead) from a qualified faculty or staff member indicating your proficiency in English will be sufficient; the international office at your university may be able to provide such a letter. Alternatively, you may request that a qualified faculty or staff member at your university interview you in English and complete an English proficiency interview form.
If you choose to provide scores from an examination or copy of a language program certificate, such documentation must be less than one year old. Indiana University will not initiate your visa application until you have submitted proof of English proficiency.Learn more about the language proficiency requirement
In your acceptance letter, IU Global will let you know if any financial documentation is required for your visa. If documentation is required, you must upload current financial documentation that lists the sources and amounts of financial support you have secured for your program, totaling at least $1,200 per month for the duration of your invitation. You may upload a letter from your home institution (on official letterhead) that states the financial support provided or a copy of a recent bank statement (preferably with the currency converted to U.S. dollars). No other documents will be accepted.
If you are bringing your spouse, unmarried children under the age of 21, or both, you must show access to $500 per month for the first dependent and $300 per month for each additional dependent.
You are required to get a statement (letter or email) from a current IU faculty member who agrees to serve as your host. You should save the letter or email as a PDF and upload it on the form. Emeritus faculty members cannot serve as hosts.