This page provides a basic understanding of the Form DS-2019 preparation process for J-1 degree-seeking students. It will answer many common questions.
Please read the entire page carefully.
Step 1: Notification of Admission
- Graduate International Students: Once the application for admission is approved and the admission is reflected in the University of Florida student records system, the academic department must request a Form DS-2019 for the student. Once UFIC receives the request, the student will be contacted via email with a detailed explanation about what they must provide for the Form DS-2019.
- Undergraduate International Students: Once the application for admission is approved and the admission is reflected in the University of Florida student records system, the Office of Admissions will notify UFIC of the admission. UFIC will contact the student via email with a detailed explanation about what they must provide for the Form DS-2019.
The admission letter will be sent to the student directly from either the academic department or the Office of Admissions, not by the UFIC. Some departments may send a physical letter by postal service, but most will send it in electronic form. If the student receives an electronic letter, they are advised to print the letter in color and keep it in their records for use during the visa application process.
Step 2: New International Student Request Form
The initial email from UFIC will direct the student to complete the New International Student Request Form online. This will include submitting the Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR), proof of funds, and the copy of the passport photo page. This is required for all students, regardless of the source of financial support.
Generally, acceptable proof of funds include liquid assets accounts, education loans, scholarships, and assistantship/fellowships. Non-acceptable sources include salary, credit cards, insurance policies, and non-liquid assets such as property.
J-1 degree-seeking students must be substantially third-party-funded from a source(s) other than personal and/or family funds.
The New International Student Request Form also requires additional information and addresses before it can be submitted. Once submitted, UFIC will process the Form DS-2019 for the student and any accompanying J-2 dependent family members. The student will receive an email confirmation once the Form DS-2019 is issued.
SEVIS Transfer Students: Students already in the U.S., either attending another institution or on a period of employment authorization, must schedule a SEVIS transfer to UF with the international center/advisor at their current institution.
Step 3: Mailing of the Form DS-2019
The Form DS-2019 will be mailed to the student once it is processed. It will be sent via express shipping for students outside the U.S., and standard USPS shipping for students inside the U.S. Students outside the U.S. will automatically receive a tracking number once their DS-2019 ships. The average shipping time for international shipments is 5-7 business days.
Once the student has the admission letter and Form DS-2019, the student must pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, then schedule an appointment with the U.S. Consulate or Embassy for the student visa application.
For more information about the Visa Process and U.S. Port of Entry, click here.