New J-1 Scholars
The minimum processing time to issue a new or extension Form DS-2019 is 30 days from the date all required information is received.
Please Note: This does not mean a new scholar will be able to arrive in 30 days. He/she must pay the SEVIS fee and make an appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate,* wait for the visa to be issued,* and make travel arrangements. This process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, or longer if the Embassy or Consulate determines that a security check is necessary. Therefore, initial Forms DS-2019 will not be issued with a start date less than 60 days from the date all required information is received.
*Special note about Canadian citizens: Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a visa stamp from a U.S. consulate officer. However, they must present the Form DS-2019 and SEVIS fee receipt at the border or port of entry in order to be admitted in J-1 status and be given a Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure card) or admission stamp with the correct notations.
The designated DLC administrative contact should use Ellucian International Scholar Dossier (EISD), the ISchO’s “e-intake” system, to request a Form DS-2019 for an individual who will be new to MIT as a scholar. Please contact the ISchO for more information on how to access and use EISD.
All requests for incoming J-1 exchange visitors must be accompanied by an English Language Proficiency Verification Form*.
*An MIT certificate is needed to access this form.
New J-1 sponsorship requests for individuals who have previously visited MIT as J-1 scholars, or for current scholars who are already at MIT in another visa status, cannot be submitted through EISD due to software limitations. Instead, they should be completed by submitting paper Forms A and B to the ISchO.
Form A (Departmental Information) must be completed by the MIT department, laboratory, or center that is requesting J-1 visa sponsorship for a foreign national who will have a new academic appointment. Please complete Form A and return it to the ISchO along with Form B and any other required supporting documentation. Be sure to review the items on the second page, indicate how you would like us to contact you once the document is ready, and obtain the required signature before submitting the request.
New! All requests for incoming J-1 exchange visitors must be accompanied by an English Language Proficiency Verification Form*.
*An MIT certificate is needed to access these forms.
Form B (Scholar Information) should be completed by the prospective international scholar and returned to the MIT department, laboratory, or center headquarters along with the supporting documents listed at the top of of the Form.
[Form B may be completed by the MIT host only if all the information requested is available. However, the scholar must still sign the "Statement of Compliance with Exchange Visitor Health Insurance Requirements" on page 3.]
See J-1 Frequently Asked Questions for more information and for general assistance in completing the J-1 request.
All J-1 extension requests should be completed by submitting Form C to the ISchO.
Form C must be completed by the MIT department, laboratory, or center that is requesting an extension of J-1 visa sponsorship for a foreign national on academic appointment. Please review the information on the second page, indicate how you would like us to contact you once the document is ready, and obtain the required signature before submitting the request.
Last Updated: January 2016