J-1 Visa Application Checklist

An international student applying for a J-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad will need to present the following:

  • DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility Form provided by ISSO at UCSF
  • Letter of admission provided by Graduate Division or UCSF professional school
  • Financial support documents (Current proof of support that would meet expenses for program duration as indicated on Form DS-2019 (i.e. bank statements, award letters or loan approval letters)
  • Passport MUST be valid for a minimum of six months into the future at the time of entry
  • Form DS-160.  Go to travel.state.gov and type "DS-160" in the search box to find this form.
  • Two photos (see requirements here).
  • Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee, currently $131 USD
  • Visa reciprocity fee may be required by home country. For more information, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/reciprocity-by-country.html
  • Receipt for payment of $180 SEVIS fee