There are different types of government documents that need to be submitted for J-1 Visa processing. Our main service helps students complete these government forms and makes sure they are processed in a timely manner.
- DS-2019(Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status)
- DS-7002(Internship Placement )
- DS-156(Nonimmigrant Visa Application)
- DS-157(Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application)
The U.S. Department of State administers the Exchange Visitor Program which provides foreign students with on-the-job training for a three (3) to eighteen (18) month period in the United States. The J-1 Visa is a non-immigrant cultural exchange visa issued by the U.S. Department of State under this program. The J-1 Visa is designed to provide international students the opportunity to enhance their professional skills, as well as gain knowledge of American culture. In order to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program, you must apply and receive a J-1 Visa from the U.S. embassy of your country. When you enter the United States with the status of a J-1 Exchange Visitor, this gives you the right to work legally in the United States.
If you want to apply for the J-1 Visa, you must meet the requirements and be accepted for the Exchange Visitor Program through a J-1 Visa sponsoring organization, which is designated by The Department of State. When you are accepted as a participant in an exchange program, the sponsor will provide you with the documents necessary to apply for the J-1 Visa. In order to provide quicker service to applicants applying for the J-1 Visa, ‘Challenge to U.S.A. 21’ developed partnerships with certain sponsor organizations which The Department of State has authorized to administer J-1 Visa programs.
The Form DS-2019 is the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status. Only a J-1 Visa sponsor designated by The Department of State can issue this form. The J-1 Visa sponsor issues the form DS-2019 after reviewing the applicant’s qualifications to ensure that the program is suitable for the applicant’s’ background and experience. Applicants have to submit the form DS-2019 when they apply for a J-1 Visa to the U.S. Embassy.
SEVIS (System Exchange Visitor Information) is an Internet-based system that provides tracking and monitoring functionality with access to accurate and current information on nonimmigrant students as well as exchange visitors. SEVIS enables J-1 Visa sponsors to transmit electronic information to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through an exchange visitor’s stay in the United States. Therefore, all exchange visitors must register with SEVIS within twenty (20) days of arrival and are required to pay a SEVIS fee prior to applying for the J-1 Visa to the U.S. Embassy.