Pre-Arrival Checklist

DS-2019 “Certificate of Eligibility”

The DS-2019 is used to apply for a J-1 exchange visitor visa for international student interns under the Department of State Exchange Visitor Program.

If your plans change and you need to cancel your internship, send an email to so we can cancel your DS-2019 record and notify the UO department.

Review your DS-2019 for accuracy, sign and date. Your name and birthdate should match your passport. If corrections are necessary, please contact us at


I-901 Fee

The I-901 Fee ($220) is a required payment to the U.S. government based on your DS-2019 SEVIS ID number. You are required to pay the I-901 Fee before you apply for your J-1 visa.

Pay the I-901 Fee at Print payment confirmation and keep it with your DS-2019.

Pay the I-901 Fee

J-1 Visa 

Apply for your J-1 visa. Schedule a visa appointment at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate using the DS-2019 SEVIS ID number which begins with “N00...” You can apply for your visa up to 120 days before the program start date on your DS-2019. 

Entering the U.S. You may only enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date on your DS-2019; not earlier! Arrival in the U.S. should be a smooth experience if you have everything prepared in advance. General information on what to expect when entering the U.S. can be found at

For Canadian students: You are not required to apply for a J-1 visa. You can enter the U.S. with a valid passport, your DS-2019, DS-7002 and I-901 Fee payment confirmation.

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J-1 Student Intern Handbook

Below is a link to the J-1 Student Intern Handbook. Please read the entire handbook prior to your arrival as it provides you with required pre-arrival information and many helpful tips and resources. It you have any questions, please contact us at

Student Intern Handbook