Find out more below about the DS-2019 application for a J-1 visa.
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program operates under the auspices of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. Each Exchange Visitor Program has a program description under which that program must operate and designates an individual or individuals as the staff responsible for the administration of the particular J-1 program.
J-1 student status allows you to remain in the U.S. for the duration of your full-time academic program. To maintain J-1 student status, you must be enrolled full-time during each fall and spring semester and maintain health insurance for the duration of your program. The J-1 student status permits you to work on campus as a student employee and off campus as part of academic training. You’ll need to obtain permission from your J-1 sponsor prior to starting on-campus or off-campus employment. To apply for a J-1 visa, you must obtain a Form DS-2019 from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
To obtain the DS-2019 form, please take the following steps:
- Read the DS-2019 Application Instructions for information about the documentation needed by ISSS
- Complete the DS-2019 Application
- Submit the DS-2019 application and supporting documentation via the Document Submission Form.
A completed DS-2019 Application is required in order to demonstrate your ability to pay tuition and living expenses. The Institute is required per U.S. federal regulations to confirm sufficient financial resources for your full academic program. These costs include tuition, fees, health insurance and the estimated cost of living.
It is important to note that the DS-2019 Application is required for all exchange visitors who are requesting a J-1 visa status for study at the Institute.