Exchange Visitor Program
of Educational and Cultural Affairs
United States Department of State
Department of State welcomes you to the
EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
administers the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as
amended. The Act promotes mutual understanding between the people of the
The U.S. Department of State designates sponsors to administer individual exchange visitor programs. Sponsors are
offer exchange visitors cross-cultural activities that will expose them to
American society, culture, and institutions. Exchange visitors are encouraged to
voluntarily participate in activities that provide them with an opportunity to
share their language, culture, and history with Americans.
Sponsors appoint individuals as responsible officers and alternate responsible officers to advise and assist exchange visitors. These officers issue the Certificates of Eligibility (Form DS-2019, formerly IAP-66), and conduct official communications with the Department and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (
An exchange visitor is a foreign national selected by a sponsor to participate in an exchange program, and is issued a J-1 visa. An accompanying spouse and any unmarried children under 21 years of age, may apply for J-2 visas, with the permission of your sponsor.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU
understand and abide by the Exchange Visitor Program regulations,
and Program Provisions
You entered the
You are required to have medical insurance in effect for yourself and any dependents in J-visa status for the duration of your program. Some sponsors provide the required insurance for their participants. Other sponsors may allow you to make your own arrangements or may help to identify insurance carriers. Consult with your responsible officer before the start of your program.
Exchange visitors may transfer from one sponsor to another only if they are released by the first sponsor as required by the regulations. A transfer must be clearly consistent with the intent and purpose of the original program objective and category. A transfer does not extend the length of the maximum program duration of the category. Insurance may be obtained with the new sponsor.
An exchange visitor's program may be extended at the sponsor's discretion to the extent permitted by the regulations. Sufficient funds must be available to support you and any dependents if a new Form DS-2019 (formerly IAP-66) is to be issued. Insurance is also required.
You are required to have a valid and unexpired Form DS-2019 (formerly IAP-66). Sponsors may terminate an exchange visitor's program for violating U.S. Laws, Exchange Visitor Program regulations or the sponsor's rules governing their particular program.
You must inform your responsible officer if you change your address or telephone number, or complete or withdraw from your program early. Doing so assists your sponsor in complying with their notification and reporting requirements to the U.S. Department of State.
The Exchange Visitor Program regulations are located in the Code of Federal Regulations, (22
Additional requirements that may apply to you are set forth in the Exchange Visitor Program Regulations. Review a copy of the current regulations and consult with your responsible officer.
address, telephone and fax numbers and web site address of the Exchange Visitor
Program, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of
301 Fourth Street
Home-Country Physical Presence Requirement [212(e)]
Some Exchange Visitor Program participants and family members who were admitted to the U.S. or who adjusted their visa status to J after admission must return home for a minimum of two years after completing their educational or cultural exchange program before they can change or adjust their status. This requirement applies to those whose:
Contact information for the Waivers Review Branch is as follows:
Review Public Inquiry Number:
Waiver Review FAX number:
Microlog number for status check on waiver requests: