Please allow extra time for the Christmas/ holiday season!

Due to the holiday season in the USA, processing and shipment of legal documents will pause between December 19th 2018 and January 2nd 2019.
This means if an application is approved in the USA after December 17th, legal paperwork will not arrive in our UK offices until at least January 2nd and will not be sent out to you until this date.
*Please bear this in mind when making any plans for embassy interviews or travel plans.*

What do do when you receive your documents from IST Plus

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

Important Info

The SEVIS Email

Once your application has been processed through SEVIS you will receive an email from 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.

Important Info

What Documents do you need for the Visa Interview?

  • Your DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility (this is in the pack we send you with your legal paperwork once you have been approved). Please make sure the infomation in Box 1 of the form is correct and that you have signed and dated at the bottom of the page (Exchange Visitor Certification).
  • Interns, Graduate Interns and PCT applicants only: Your Validated DS-7002 Training Plan - also in your pack
  • Your Passport
  • Your DS-160 Confirmation print out
  • Your I-901 SEVIS receipt print out (this is in the pack we send you)
  • Your Embassy appointment letter
  • Any other documents that may be useful to an embassy officer when assessing your Visa application
  • We also recommend taking 2 visa size photos - even if your photo has uploaded to the DS-160 successfully.
  • 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
  • For a full and comprehensive list of the paperwork required at embassy please see here or go to

Booking the Interview: Step 1

Go online and complete your DS-160. This can be found at 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 completing the DS-160. Please follow the guidance below

Important Info
What's Your Program Number?
  • Summer Work and Travel USA: P-3-04320
  • Summer Camp Exchange: P-3-14839
  • Internship USA and Graduate Internship USA: P-3-05133
  • Career Training USA (PCTUSA): P-3-11217

Booking the Interview: Step 2

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

Contacting the US Embassy (UK Enquiries only)

For any questions or issues relating to visa interviews etc. you can use the Operator Assistance Visa Information Line - or contact them using the @USAinUKConsular Twitter Account below:

• 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

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