The J-1 student visa is used for different types of Exchange Visitor students at UMass Dartmouth:
- non-degree students in the University exchange programs under an agreement between their home institutions and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
- non-degree home government-sponsored students, like Science Without Borders (SWB)
- non-degree students in special summer programs
- degree students with a Fulbright award
- degree students with home government sponsorship
Depending on your category, different offices or advisors will be in charge of your study program and other academic matters such as billing and financial issues. This is further explained under the Degree Status and Non-Degree Status links below.
In some cases the International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC) issues the DS-2019 form that will enable you to apply for a J-1 entry visa. The Center also provides J-1 students with general advice and assistance with campus life and personal concerns. Ongoing support for visas and other immigration forms is available.
The J-1 visa differs from the F-1 visa in important ways. Authorization for this program comes from U. S. Department of State, although the regulation and reporting are under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security and its agencies, as are other visa types. Before applying for a J-1 visa, you must pay the SEVIS fee. For more information go to https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/
The following University officials are authorized to sign UMass Dartmouth DS-2019 forms and other J-1 paperwork:
Responsible Officer (RO)
Christina Bruen, Director
International Student & Scholar Center (ISSC)
Alternate Responsible Officers (ARO)
Administrative Assistant ISSC
Please review this additional information about the J-1 visa:
- Degree Students
- Non-Degree Students
- Two-Year Rule
- Length of Stay
- Grace Period
- Temporary Absence
- Health Insurance
- Spouse or Dependents