Office of International Programs
Steps to J-1:
Flow of the J-1 Visa Process --
- Department offers the foreign national a temporary position at UT Tyler.
- J-1 Request Form is filled in by the foreign national and the department.
- Department provides the following to ISSFS:
a. Copy of offer letter and acceptance.
b. J-1 Request Form signed by the dean.
c. If foreign national will not be compensated by UT Tyler, visitor must provide the following to ISSFS:
i. Letter from supporting institution stating amount of pay and length of time.
ii. If support is from personal funds, foreign national must provide a copy of bank statement showing adequate funds.
- The minimum monthly amount for financial support (from all sources) is $1,500 per month for the visitor, with an additional $450 per month to be provided for spouse and $250 per month for each child that may accompany them.
To obtain a J-1 visa, the Exchange Visitor must show the United States consulate the following:
- A DS-2019 Form produced in SEVIS by ISSFS.
- A passport valid for at least 6 months.
- Evidence of intention to stay in the United States for a temporary time and solely for the purpose of pursuing the program objective.
- Financial ability to cover the cost of living in the United States.
- Proof of SEVIS fee payment.
Health Insurance Requirement:
J-1 Exchange Visitor and J-2 dependents are required by the Department of States to have health insurance (including medical evacuation and repatriation benefits) during entire stay in the United States.
- Coverage of at least $50,000 per accident/illness, with no more than a $500 deductible per illness.
- A maximum of at least $7,500 for repatriation of remains in case of death.
- A maximum of at least $ 10,000 for medical evacuation to the home country.