Once your application has been approved and legal documentation has been sent out to you, you can then book your face to face interview at your local US Embassy or Consulate.
This is the last step in the process!
Please see below for a step by step guide on how it all works.
*Please note this information relates to interviews booked at either the US Embassy in London, the US Consulate General in Belfast or the US Embassy in Dublin. If you are planning on attending an interview in a different country please refer to the local instructions for your location embassy.
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 £120). This is separate to the SEVIS fees paid on your behalf
Once your application has been processed through SEVIS you will receive an email confirming this from FMJfee. This email is confirmation that CIEE have paid your SEVIS fee - but is not confirmation that your documents have yet been printed or shipped from the USA. Please wait for your legal paperwork to arrive at your address before booking your face to face interview.
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.
Email our team at email@example.com and we'll work with you to get new documentation.
*There will be a charge for replacement documents to cover the additional costs in ordering these from the USA
You will not be able to book an interview without FIRST completing Step 1 - the DS-160. Only with your DS-160 confirmation number will you be able to create an account in the Embassy/ consulate booking system .
*In order to compete your DS-160 you will need your SEVIS ID/ DS-2019# from your online account
Your SEVIS ID is listed as your DS2019 number on your online account and can be found on your DS2019 Certificate of Eligibility at the top right side - starting with N00
You will be asked for your PROGRAM NUMBER.
This is listed on your DS-2019 Certificate: P-3- 05133
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 and upload a digital photograph of yourself before you can move to Step 2.
*Please note we are unable to assist with technical issues completing the DS-160. Please follow the guidance above or check the FAQ section at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
Please note: Only residents of the Republic of Ireland may book an interview at the Dublin Embassy.
If you are based in the UK you must apply at either London or Belfast.
If you are attending an interview in any other country please refer to your local embassy instructions for guidance on booking an interview for your J1 Visa.
After creating your account, please follow the process and guidance for each of the steps
When attending an interview at the US Embassy, there are some important things to remember.
You should make sure you have read your DS-7002 carefully and are ready to discuss this in detail with the consular officer
You should be able to clearly explain your plans for when you return from the programme
You should be able to clearly explain the benefits of the international experience this opportunity will offer you - and why this differs from opportunities available in your Home Country
You should always be polite, professional and respectful of the US Embassy and what it represents
You can bring your mobile phone, e-reader, or tablet device. Key fobs and cycle/motorcycle
helmets are also permitted.
Please note that there is no cafeteria or vending machine available in the waiting room. However,
you may bring snacks with you and water or juice in sealed plastic bottles. No glass bottles are
permitted. There is a large supermarket located next to the U.S. Embassy.
Large bags/suitcases (above cabin baggage size) and laptops cannot be admitted to the Embassy.
Other items that cannot be brought into the building include perfume and cologne (above 30ml),
weapons and glass bottles.
Prohibited items cannot be stored at the Embassy so leave them at home or store them securely
before you arrive. Left luggage facilities are available for a fee at several airports, coach stations,
and mainline train stations, including Waterloo and Victoria.