Pre-Arrival Information

After receiving your DS-2019, please carefully review the document. Contact ISSS at if there are any errors. We will correct the error(s) and issue the amended DS-2019 to your UCSC department/division. Please note you may enter the U.S. with the initial DS-2019 and are able to receive the amended DS-2019 after arrival to UCSC.

SEVIS I-901 Fee

Visit the U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website to learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee. You must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to your visa interview appointment.  

Applying for a J-1 Visa

As a prospective scholar, follow the steps below to apply for a J visa:

Please visit the U.S. Department of State website for more information on applying for a visa.

Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a J visa. Canadians will need to present their SEVIS I-901 Fee payment receipt, valid passport, DS-2019, and UCSC appointment letter to a CBP official at the port of entry to request permission to enter the U.S. in J-1 status.

Mandatory J-1 Scholar Orientation

Orientation is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Division of Global Engagement. You must complete the mandatory check-in and orientation process prior to attending orientation. You will receive an email reminder with orientation information close to your expected arrival date. After you complete the mandatory check-in and orientation process, a scholar advisor will validate your SEVIS record. This step is necessary before you apply for a Social Security number (SSN) at a Social Security Administration Office or for a California driver’s license at a local DMV office.

See Also

J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program

DOS J1 Exchange Visitor Welcome Brochure

Wilberforce Pamphlet

Health Insurance Requirement

UCSC Scholar Handbook