English Language Proficiency for J-1 Exchange Visitors

Per Subpart A final rule, program sponsors are required to determine not only that the prospective exchange visitor's English is sufficient but sufficient "to function on a day-to-day basis" outside of the direct program activitiy (e.g. outside the lab, in a grocery story). The new Subpart A also requires program sponsor to make their English language proficiency determinations using an objective measurement by one of the following three methods:

  1. A recognized English test, or
  2. Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school, or
  3. A documented interview conducted by the sponsor either in-person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option.

Program sponsors must retain evidence of how they measured applicant's English language proficiency so it may be available to the Department of State upon request.

See Subpart A Final Rule for more details.