About the DS2019 Certificate of Eligibility

The Form DS-2019 or "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status" is the basic document used in the administration of the exchange visitor program.

This form permits a prospective exchange visitor to seek an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in order to obtain a J visa to enter the United States.

The Form DS-2019 identifies the exchange visitor and their designated sponsor and provides a brief description of the exchange visitor’s program, including the start and end date, category of exchange, and an estimate of the cost of the exchange program.

The DS-2019 shows your full name and the dates you are allowed to undertake your internship or traineeship.
Your visa will normally be issued with an end date that matches this form.
You should check your CONFIRMATION of INSURANCE DOCUMENT to see the dates you are allowed to remain in the USA as the end date on your visa is NOT normally the last date you can be in the USA.

How do I get the DS2019?

You will be issued with a DS2019 Certificate once your application has been approved in the USA.
Once approval has been granted it normally takes 3-5 working days for the paperwork to be sent back to the UK.
We will then be able to send it out to you along with your other documents.

At that point you will be able to go online and book your face to face interview at your local embassy or consulate.

Issuance of the J-1 visa, like all non-immigrant visas, is at the discretion of Consular Officers viewing visa applications at U.S. embassies and consulates. This means that even if you are accepted to an exchange visitor program and have received your DS-2019, the Consular Officers decide if you receive the J-1 visa.


Who Should I contact if I have a question about my DS2019?

If you have a question about the form please contact us via email. info@istplus.com

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