Prospective UCLA international scholars require a DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility Form from DCISS to apply for a J-1 Visa Stamp at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. UCLA academic departments are expected to initiate and submit the DS-2019 Request Application to DCISS on behalf of the scholar. New DS-2019 requests should be submitted at least 3 months prior to start date of program to give scholar enough time to apply for the J-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy and make travel arrangements. The following guidelines will help departments determine whether to request J-1 visa status for a visitor and the procedures on how to apply.
Please note, UCLA School of Medicine Visa and Licensing Office processes DS-2019 requests for visitors in the School of Medicine and other affiliated hospitals.