J-1 Visa Eligiblity

In order to qualify for a J-1 visa and be eligible to request a Form DS-2019 from Northeastern University, prospective J-1 visa applicants must:

  • Be financed directly or indirectly by the U.S. government, the government of their home country, an international organization of which the United States is a member by treaty or statute, or supported substantially by funding from any source other than personal or family funds (greater than 50% of your funding must be from non-personal or family sources).
  • Participate in a program that has an agreement between the U.S. government and a foreign government, or according to a written agreement between Northeastern and foreign educational institutions, Northeastern and a foreign government or a state or local government in the United States and a foreign government.
  • Be able to demonstrate the required amount of funding for the entire duration of your program in order to be eligible for a DS-2019.

Requesting a DS-2019

What is a Form DS-2019?

The Form DS-2019 is a Certificate of Eligibility issued to prospective non-immigrant exchange students by a program sponsor (Northeastern University) so that they may apply for a J-1 visa at U.S. Embassy or Consulate Abroad.

Accessing the DS-2019 Request e-form:

If your source of funding for your degree program requires you to apply for a J-1 visa (such as a government scholarship) or you believe you otherwise qualify to apply for a J-1 visa for your degree program, please notify your Northeastern Admissions Office, who will contact OGS. If it is determined you are eligible to apply for the J-1 visa, OGS will directly email you instructions to submit a DS-2019 request.

For incoming exchange students admitted to an exchange program through the Global Experience Office (GEO), you will directly receive a link to request a DS-2019 from GEO after you are admitted to the exchange program.

For all other non-degree exchange programs at Northeastern, your admissions contact will provide you with a link to request the DS-2019 after your admission.

Required Financial Documents

When requesting a Form DS-2019 from Northeastern, you will be required to provide funding documentation that meets specific requirements, and demonstrates that you have sufficient funding for the entire duration of your program at Northeastern. The required amount varies by program and will be communicated to you by your Admissions Office, or can be found here for degree-seeking students.

If you have a sponsor who will support you financially (this can even be a family member), then you must attach a letter of support, in English, from your sponsor. Please view this sample letter.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

U.S. Department of State regulations [22 C.F.R. §62.10(a)(2)] require that J-1 Exchange Visitors (EVs) are proficient in English to successfully carry out their J-1 program activities and function in the U.S. on a day-to-day basis. A program sponsor must verify a prospective EV’s English language proficiency prior to issuing a Form DS-2019 through an objective measurement.

As part of your admission to a degree or exchange program at Northeastern, you will be required to provide documentation of your English Language Proficiency, which will also meet the requirements for being issued a Form DS-2019.

Applying for the J-1 Visa

For detailed instructions on the J-1 visa application process after you receive your Form DS-2019, please refer to the J-1 Visa Process page on the OGS website.