Obtaining a DS-2019 for J-1 Non-Degree Students (NDS)

The DS-2019 is the “certificate of eligibility” for J-1 status. All Exchange Visitors must have this document to receive a J-1 visa and enter the U.S. J-1 Exchange Visitors are issued DS-2019s by the Office of International Services at the sponsoring academic department’s request. It is important that the minimum funding requirements are met.

Funding for J-1 Exchange Visitors

J-1s may receive funding from multiple sources, including USC, the visitor’s home government, the visitor’s home university, personal sources, and private organizations. Please review this page for more information about funding requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents.

DS-2019 Application for J-1 Non-Degree Students

The following page is a review of the application requirements to obtain a DS-2019 from USC.

Delayed Arrivals & Cancellations

If a visiting Exchange Visitor plans to arrive late or cancel their appointment, this must be communicated and reported to the Department of State through the SEVIS database. Please visit this page to learn more about reporting responsibilities for scholars and department facilitators.