Invite J-1 Exchange Visitors

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) works closely with academic units across campus to fulfill the requirements of the Exchange Visitor Program. ISSS ensures J-1 Exchange Visitors are able to successfully complete their program objectives, comply with immigration regulations, and have opportunities to engage in educational and cultural exchange.

All J-1 Exchange Visitors must be invited and hosted by an applicable university department, and the invitation process must be initiated by the UCSC host department. Inviting a J-1 Exchange Visitor involves the hosting UCSC faculty member and a department administrative contact. The administrative contact is typically responsible for submitting the DS-2019 request packet to their Academic Divisional Coordinator. The Academic Divisional Coordinator then submits their final, reviewed DS-2019 request to ISSS.

The department and division should review the eligibility requirements of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and the J categories at UCSC prior to starting a DS-2019 request for an incoming international visitor. The steps to invite a Professor or Scholar are different than the steps to invite a Student Intern.