In some circumstance you may be requested to send in paperwork to the US embassy via their Courier service.
This would normally be in cases where:
When should you book your flights?
In line with US Department of State and local embassy recommendations we advise against booking your flights until you have received your passport and visa back from the US Embassy.
We recognise that many participants choose to book flights before they have been approved but please note should you do this we can accept no responsibility for any costs incurred should you be required to change these.
Once you have received all your legal documentation from us (including your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility ) you can go ahead and book your face to face interview at the USA Embassy.
Remember - you can't book your face to face interview until you have your DS-2019# (also known as a SEVIS ID) - and you can't get this number until you have been approved by CIEE and received your documents back.
Please note the US Embassy charges $160 US for visa interviews (approx £100).
These fees are separate to your programme fees and must be paid direct to the US Embassy at the time of booking your face to face interview
Step 1: Go online and complete your DS-160. This can be found at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/. Remember you are a J1 Exchange Visitor when choosing certain options! You will need to complete the DS-160 (see here for full info on this) and upload a digital photograph of yourself before you can move to Step 2.
Step 2: Go to https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb/niv or click on the button below
After creating your account, please follow the process and guidance for each of the steps
1. Provide your DS‐160 number (see Step 1).
2. Determine your visa type (J1)
3. Select a courier return location – read the options carefully as an additional fee may be charged
4. Pay your U.S. visa fee via debit card (Visa or Mastercard) – this is $160 US Dollars and is required for anyone booking a visa interview.
5. Schedule an appointment
If you have lost or damaged any of your documents please let us know immediately as you must have these when you attend your face to face interview
What's my Programme number?
For any questions or issues relating to visa interviews etc. you can use the Operator Assistance Visa Information Line:
• Callers within the United Kingdom should dial 020 3608 6998
• Callers from the United States should dial 703-439-2367
The call center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 am and 7:00 pm (local time; EST in the United States). The call center is closed on all U.K. and U.S. holidays
IST Plus was formed in 2003. Since then we have worked with thousands of students and young people from all over the world to help and guide them on their international journeys.
We work with partners across the globe to provide the best service possible.
In the UK: 0207 788 7877
International: +44 (20) 7788 7877