J-1 Exchange Visitor Program


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Welcome to the Shepherd University Los Angeles campus!
We are very pleased to offer you the opportunity for Cross-Cultural experiences. The Exchange Visitor Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States (U.S.) and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges, under the provisions of U.S. law.
Ex to experience the U.S. and our way of life, thereby developing lasting and meaningful relationships. Created by the U.S. Department of State to foster international understanding, the J-1 visa program provides opportunities for highly educated foreign employees and students to visit the United States for on-the-job training and cultural education.

All J-1 visa program participants are temporarily in the United States and must demonstrate an intention to return abroad at the end of their exchange program. Their experience in the United States is solely for the purpose of exposing them to American techniques, methodologies, and expertise and to better gain an understanding of American culture and society.

Again, welcome to Shepherd University and enjoy your Cross-Cultural Experiences!!

Description of SU J-1 Exchange Visitor Program


Shepherd University in the US fosters mutual understanding between Americans and International applicants through a multitude of professional and academic exchange programs. These highly competitive programs aim to identify current and future leaders who will go to the U.S. with an open mind and commit to returning to their mother countries to share what they have learned with their fellow citizens. SU is designated to sponsor a J-1 exchange visitor programs in the category of student & student Intern. This application may be used for only this category.

The candidate eligibility requirements for the program are as follows:
Student – Participants in this category must be pursuing a full course of study at accredited post-secondary educational institutions in the United States (22 CFR62.23) Academic training is permitted, but study must be the primary purpose of the EV’s program in the United States.
Student Intern – The student intern is a foreign national enrolled in and pursuing a degree at an accredited post-secondary academic institution outside the United States and is participating in a student internship program in the United States that will fulfill the educational objectives for his or her current degree program at his or her home institution. Participants in this category must meet the following five criteria;

In addition to satisfying the general requirements set forth in 22 CFR62.10(a), the student intern must have sufficient English language skills to function on a day-to-day basis in the EV program environment.
He or she is primarily in the United States to pursue the experience of American culture and society.
He or she has been accepted into a student internship program at SU on his or her Form DS-2019.
The student intern is in good academic standing with the post-academic institution outside the United States in which he or she is enrolled and pursuing a degree.
The student intern will return to the academic program and fulfill and obtain a degree from such academic institution after completion of the student internship program.

Eligible candidates for this category are foreign nationals who either:

  • Are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States,
  • Have completed 2 semester or more at his or her academic institution outside the United States,
  • Have graduated from such an institution no more than 12 months prior to their exchange visitor program begin date, and who enter the United States to participate in a structured and guided work-based student internship program in their specific academic fields.

Preparing for your J-1 Visa Application

This information is for exchange visitors who plan to enter the United States for the first time as an exchange student, visiting professor or research scholar. For information on how to apply for an exchange visitor visa, please contact the International Student Office or refer to the U.S. Department of State website.

Important Numbers
SEVIS ID: listed on the upper right corner of your DS-2019
SU’s Program Number: P-1-16941

U.S. Entry Timeline

  • Exchange Visitors cannot arrive more than 30 days before the program start date on DS-2019
  • Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement:

Exchange visitors who are entering the U.S. for the first time with a J-1 visa can only enter the country 30 days prior to the start of the program. Exchange visitors must also depart the U.S. within 30 days upon completing the program.

Step 1: Submit the Application Form and pay the fee to International Student Office at SU
Form download: http://www.shepherduniversity.edu/main/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Application-Form-1.pdf

Step 2: Contact your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy
U.S. Consulates and Embassies are available at http://usembassy.state.gov/.

Step 3: Schedule your interview appointment
Once you receive the DS-2019 form from SU, make a schedule for an interview at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy in your home country. The J-1 student visa can be issued up to 120 days before the program start date, but please do not schedule an appointment until you receive the DS-2019.

Note for Canadian citizens:
Canadian citizens who are trying to participate the exchange program are required to be in J-1 status in order to keep legal status in the U.S. To get J-1 visa, you must show your Form DS-2019, supporting financial documentation, I-94 card, and proof of SEVIS fee payment to the immigration inspector at the port of entry when you enter the U.S.

Step 4: Complete the following forms
Fill out the DS-160 Online Application Form. ISO will give you the directions.

Step 5: Pay the visa application fee
Follow the instructions on your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website to pay the $160 visa application fee.

Step 6: Pay the $180 SEVIS fee (Only for initial visa requests)
You are required to pay $180 SEVIS fee when you apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program for the first time.

To Pay Online:

Note: It is strongly recommended that you pay your SEVIS fee online and not by mail.
Access the Form I-901 online at: fmjfee.com/i901fee/.
Enter SU’s Program Number: P-1-16941.
Your SEVIS ID Number starts with an N and is listed on the top right of your DS-2019.
Complete the form online and supply the credit card information.
You may use credit cards that were issued in the U.S. or in your country.
Be sure to write your name exactly how it appears on your DS-2019 form.
Print a copy of the online receipt.
To pay by Western Union Quick Pay Service: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/wu_instr.htm
You must bring the receipt of the SEVIS fee payment to the interview.

Step 6: List of Documents to prepare for the interview

  • Valid Passport
  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • Form DS-2019 (You must sign the form on page 1)
  • SU’s Acceptance Letter for Admission
  • Completed visa application form (DS-160 online)
  • Two 2″ x 2″ photographs in the specified format (See the travel.state.gov website)
  • A receipt of the visa application fee payment
  • A receipt for the SEVIS fee payment.
  • Print the payment confirmation screen upon payment. (A paper receipt will not be mailed.)
  • Financial evidence of sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses. You must bring the original and sufficient letter/statement from you or your sponsor’s bank.

Step 7: The visa interview
The visa stamp will be affixed to your passport after an interview.
If your visa is delayed or denied
If your visa application is denied, please contact the International Student Office immediately and submit a copy of the denial letter. Please remember to carry your DS-2019 form with a valid passport and J-1 visa when entering the U.S.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact International Student Office at SU:info@shepherduniversity.edu

J-1 EV Program Application Form