STEPS TO INVITING A J-1 EXCHANGE SCHOLAR TO UK
University departments wishing to invite a J-1 Exchange Visitor should follow these steps below. All questions and documentation should come directly from the department to the J-1 advisor, Marc K. Invergo, located at 205 Bradley Hall. PH: 257-8776, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the International Scholar and Student Services office (ISSS) will assess a fee, click here for more information.
STEP ONE: Determine eligibility for J-1 status. For assistance in determining eligibility departments should contact the J-1 advisor in order to select the most appropriate J-1 category and/or visa status for the exchange visitor. A complete list of J categories are available here.
STEP TWO: Determine that the candidate has sufficient English skills (including verbal communication) to undertake your program objectives. This is a regulatory requirement found in 22 CFR 62.10(a)(2). Also, departments should verify that candidate meets the minimum educational requirements: Master’s Degree or a Bachelor’s with extensive experience in the relevant field.
STEP THREE: Send a Letter of invitation and the Candidate Request Form to the exchange visitor. See below for a Sample Letter and the Candidate Information Form.
STEP FOUR: Complete and submit the DS-2019 Information Request Form, see below, along with the following supporting documentation to the J-1 Advisor:
Copy of the invitation letter from the inviting professor
DS-2019 Information Request
Candidate Information Form
Candidate’s evidence of funding, if other than UK funding
A copy of the biographical page of the scholar's passport (and of each accompanying dependent, if applicable). If a spouse is accompanying the J-1, a copy of the official marriage certificate must be included along with an English translation if necessary
If transferring to UK from another University, request must also include a copy of the J-1's current DS-2019, the contact information of the current J-1 Advisor (name, email and phone number), and confirmation that the J-1 has not applied for a waiver of rule 212(e) a.k.a. The Two Year Home Country Rule (if applicable).
STEP FIVE: The J-1 advisor in ISSS will prepare the DS-2019 within 10 business days and the department will be notified when the documentation packet is ready to be picked up for mailing. Prior to issuing the DS-2019 the J-1 advisor will verify that funding meets the minimum requirements: EV: $22,000; EV/spouse: $28,800; each child an additional $4,700.
The J-1 advisor must also verify that the scholar meets or exceeds the health insurance requirements for UK Healthcare. To review the requirements, please refer to the Health Insurance page.
A DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility is issued to enable the Exchange Visitor (EV) to:
apply to an American consulate for a J-1 visa to enter the United States
transfer to UK from another US university or institution
apply for change of status to J-1 within the United States.
POLICY NOTE: The University of Kentucky has determined that J-1 visa holders are expected to remain in this status for a minimum of two years before the University will sponsor a change of status to H-1B. This requirement is a UK policy, not an immigration regulation. It does not apply in cases where a tenure-track faculty position is being sought with a change of status to H-1B or O-1 status.