Visas & Immigration

Visas & Immigration

The J-1 visa category is part of the BridgeUSA Exchange Visitor Program with the Department of State. Each exchange student (and their J-2 dependents) under UMass sponsorship is issued a DS-2019 to obtain a J visa stamp at a U.S. consulate or embassy.

Requesting a DS-2019

Upon acceptance to the UMass Amherst International Exchange Student Program, students will be provided with an online DS-2019 Request Form link. Once the form is accepted, an electronic DS-2019 and official acceptance letter will be issued by email.
Students will need to following documents in PDF format to complete the request:

  • Passport scan
  • Scans of previous visa documents (if applicable)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • Financial documentation such as an official bank statement detailing the bank name, account holder name, date and available balance.
  • Financial sponsor form
    • Required if you are using another person’s financial statements as your financial documentation.

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