The Obtaining J Status
Researchers, professors, J-1 Exchange Program Students, and their dependents need the DS 2019 Form in order to: obtain the J-1/J-2 Visa, to enter the U.S. and to stay in the U.S. while engaged in research, teaching, special study programs or events.
The DS 2019 Form is issued, after the Queens College faculty host obtains and submits the J-1 International Exchange Visitor Application Form to ISSO.
Steps to Obtain the DS 2019
- A Queens College faculty host obtains the Queens College J-1 Application Form from The International Students & Scholars Office(ISSO).
- The Queens College faculty host and prospective J-1 complete the Queens College J-1 Application Form together.
- Queens College faculty host submits the J-1 Application to the Provost for approval. The Provost forwards it to ISSO.
- ISSO reviews the Application, and then issues DS 2019 to the faculty host.
- The faculty host mails DS 2019 to prospective J-1/J-2 (The DS 2019 can not be e-mailed nor faxed.)
- The prospective J-1 takes the DS 2019, passport, and SEVIS I 901 receipt to the nearest U.S. Consulate to apply for the J-1 Visa.
- After receiving the J Visa, you are ready to enter the U.S.
- Once you arrive at a U.S. Port of Entry via air, train or car, you will be required to complete the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) documents known as the I-94 Departure Card (also known as the I-94 Number or I-94 Admissions Card.)
- At the U.S. Port of Entry present the following documents:
- J Visa
- I-20 and I-94
- Card to the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS) Officer
- Report to ISSO within 2-3 days of your U.S arrival. Bring your passport, I-94, J Visa with you.
- Once you report to ISSO, the USCIS Designated School Official (DSO) will notify USCIS of your arrival at the College and provide you with a Visa/Immigration and College orientation.
- See J-1 Information and Application Packet