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International Exchange Students and Visitors
Introduction to the J-1 Visa Program
The purpose of the J-1 visa program is "to provide
foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in
educational and cultural programs in the United States and
return home to share their experiences, and to encourage
Americans to participate in educational and cultural
programs in other countries" (22 CFR
514.1(b)). Participants in such programs enter the
U.S. as Exchange Visitors (EV) on J visa. A DS-2019
form, "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange
Visitor (J-1) Status" is required 1) to
obtain a J-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate abroad, 2) to
extend the stay in the U.S., 3) to transfer from
another institution to Dowling or 4) to change visa
status from another non-immigrant visa, such as B-1 or
F-1, to the J status. The U.S. Department of State
monitors the Exchange Visitor Program; compliance with the
regulations and purpose of the program rests with
Dowling's International Student Support Office (ISSO).
This is the U.S. visa program which permits exchange students,
short term visitors to the college, visiting Professors,
and visiting Scholars/researchers to come and exchange
experience and knowledge with other members of the Dowling
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Exchange Visitor Categories
PRIMARY ACTIVITY AND MAXIMUM STAY
can request that USCIS issue a J-1 visa for the following
four categories of exchange visitor (EV) . Except
for the Student category, the minimum educational level
required for all other categories is master's degree or
bachelor's degree with substantial experience in your
||Primary activity at Dowling
||Permitted Length of Stay
||An individual pursuing studies which are leading to a
degree or certificate, on full time basis; Must
be on exchange from a foreign university, or
primarily funded from sources other than
personal or family funds.
of studies plus a period of authorized employment
known as Academic Training.
||An individual whose primary activity is teaching,
lecturing, observing or consulting on non-tenure
track appointments. Participation in
Departmental research is allowed.
3 years. Includes time spent at another institution
on J-1 status. Extensions beyond 3 years
require special handling and may be difficult to
||An individual whose primary activity is conducting
research, observing, or consulting in connection
with a research project.
||A professor, researcher, or person with similar
education or accomplishments coming to the U.S. on a
short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing,
observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating
special skills. This category includes speakers at
||Maximum 6 months. No extension of
stay allowed beyond 6 months.
ON J-1 Research Scholar or Professor category:If
the visitor had completed a previous J program which
lasted for more than 6 months, there must be a 12-month
gap between the end date of the previous J program and
the starting date of the new program before he/she can be
eligible to enter the US to start the new
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Exchange Students' and Visitors' Funding
The source of the EV's funds must be indicated on the DS-2019
form. Please determine the appropriate source:
U.S. Government Agency: You will be paid directly by one or more agencies.
Be sure to identify each one.
Int'l Organization: You will receive direct funds from organizations
such as the UN, UNICEF, etc.
Home Government: You will be funded by an agency of the your country's government.
Binational Commission: You will receive monies from the Fulbright Commission.
Other Organizations: You will be paid by a private organization, university or foundation in the U.S. or abroad. You must indicate which organization
Personal Funds: You will use personal/family funds, sabbatical salaries, etc. Attach original documents, bank statements, etc.
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J-1 Health Insurance Requirements
Medical care in the United States is expensive, and it is
NOT provided by any branch of the local or federal
government. For J-1 Exchange students, Visitors and
their dependents, health insurance is not only wise, it is
required by federal regulations published by the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs in the U.S. State
The U.S. State Department Insurance
Requirements for Exchange Visitors [22 CFR 62.14] are listed on the U.S. State Department website:
Dowling College requires all international
students to accept the College's health insurance policy.
The cost of this policy (currently about $986 per calendar
year) will be added directly onto the student's charges
with the college. The College's student insurance
plan meets State Department requirements.
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Two-year home-country residence requirements
The Immigration and Nationality Act has placed conditions on
certain J-1 visa holders. One of these is the "two-year
home country residence requirement"
212(e)). Participants "subject" to this
requirement are ineligible to change visa status from J to
H, L or permanent resident status unless they reside for
two years in their country of last legal permanent
residence or nationality or receive a waiver from the U.S.
If you hold J-1 status in the U.S., you
will be subject to this requirement IF
you receive partial or full financial
support from your home government, the government of
the U.S., or an international agency, OR
you study in a field that is listed
under your home country on the Exchange Visitor Skills
List published by the State Department at http://exchanges.state.gov/education/jexchanges/participation/skills_list.pdf,
The USCIS, acting on behalf of the U.S. State Department,
determines the applicability of this requirement to a
participant's program. If if this is the case, under
certain circumstances you may apply for a waiver of the
home country residence requirement.
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Exchange Student J-1 visa Eligibility
To be eligible for J-1 student status, you
must meet one of two criteria established by U.S.
government regulation. You will be eligible if
- you are a participant in an exchange program formally
established by a written agreement between governments, or
between Dowling College and a foreign government or
College or University; or
- you begin your program with funding that comes
"substantially" from "any source other than
personal or family funds," in the words of the
regulation. The College interprets substantially to
mean more than half of your tuition.
If you are an exchange student (ES) the
J-1 visa will allow you to remain in the U.S. for as long
as your academic program requires, provided that you
maintain full-time registration and make continual
progress in that program. In addition, you must apply for
extensions before the date of expected completion shown on
your visa eligibility document.
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Employment Eligibility of Exchange Visitors and Their Dependents
Exchange visitors and students are authorized to receive funds from
the organization(s) listed on the DS-2019 form. EVs
wishing to receive funds from other sources, once in the
United States, require special authorization. ISSO
may authorize employment for an exchange student or
a) it is directly related to the program's objective,
b) it is incidental to primary program activities, and
c) will not delay completion of the program.
PLEASE REMEMBER -- THE DOWLING COLLEGE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS'
SERVICES OFFICE IS HERE TO ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR TRANSITION
TO THE UNITED STATES, WITH YOUR RELATIONS WITH U.S.
IMMIGRATION, AND IN MANY OTHER WAYS. PLEASE MAINTAIN
A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS OFFICE.
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