UCLA academic departments will need to submit the DS-2019 request through the online International Scholar Dossier (ISD) application. Only academic department personnel have the ability to initiate the DS-2019 request through ISD. Academic department personnel can contact dcissj1unit@saonet.ucla.edu to request access to ISD.

International Scholar Dossier (ISD)

The Dashew Center needs at least 15 working days to process the DS-2019 form. 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. Documents required to be uploaded to ISD are listed below:

Item 1: DS-2019 Department Approval Form

Completed DS-2019 Department Approval Form . Requires signatures from:

  • Faculty Advisor
  • Chairperson of the department

Item 2: Copy of the Picture Page of Passports

Copy of the picture page of the passport for scholar and accompanying dependents if applicable.

Item 3: Evidence of Financial Support

Include documentary evidence of financial support in English. If supported by UCLA no additional documents are necessary. Acceptable financial documents include:

  • Personal funds: A recent bank statement no older than 6 months verifying the required amount of money. ATM receipts are not acceptable documents.
  • Family funds from abroad: Bank statements, sponsorship letter, and/or bank letters verifying that EV will receive the required amount of money from their family during the term.
  • Government or other sponsoring agency: A signed copy of the scholarship or award letter on official letterhead which states the amount and duration of the award.
  • Home country institution/employer: Copy of signed letter from employer on official letterhead indicating the amount and continuation of salary payments during program participation.

Minimum required financial support is provided below:

  • Scholar : $30,300 per year / $2525 per month
  • Spouse : $6,000 per year / $500 per month
  • Each Child : $2,667 per year / $222 per month

Item 4: Departmental Recharge Form

All fees listed below are required to process a new DS-2019 form. Exceptions may apply. All fees are non-refundable. Payment must be submitted through departmental recharge. The Dashew Center cannot accept payment from the visitor.

$300 Visa Services Fee*

Fee is per DS-2019 request submitted. Scholars fully supported through UCLA 19900/20000 funds are exempt from the $300 visa services fee.

$40 SEVIS User Fee

Fee is per year of appointment. For example, the fee for an appointment over 1 year and less than 2 years will be $80.

$40 J-2 Dependent Fee

Fee is per dependent (spouse or child) and year of appointment. For example, the fee for 2 dependents on a 2 year program will be $160.

$59 jPATH Orientation Fee

Only required for new DS-2019 requests and for programs that are more than 3 months long.

*The $300 visa processing fee cannot be paid by Contract and Grant (C&G) funds unless the funding source does not involve a federal agency. The fund range for C&G funds are provided on the chart below. Any recharge forms submitted for DS-2019 processing showing a fund that falls under the below ranges will be denied.

C&G Fund Range Chart
Funds Category Fund Range*
State of CA–Agencies 18200-18887
State of CA–Agencies 18889-18999
Local Government 20600-20939
Local Government 20950-20979
Local Government 20981-20999
Private Grant& Contracts 57000-59999
EFM 65999
Local Government 77001-77499
Private Grant& Contracts 77500-84999

* Allowed on sponsored award if funding source does not involve federal agency.

Item 5: Resume/CV of the Applicant

Resume/CV of the scholar outlining academic background and professional experience.

Item 6: Appointment Letter

Letter from the faculty supervisor, addressed to UCLA Exchange Visitor Program. Include the following in the letter:

  • the exchange visitor’s name, title of UCLA appointment (if applicable)
  • a detailed description of activities the EV will undertake, including breakdown of percentages of duties/activities, i.e., teaching, research, observation, training, attending conferences,
  • the site where the research will take place, etc.
  • For TRANSFER requests, the letter must verify that EV's program will be similar to previous program objectives.

DCISS also accepts Postdoc Offer Letters in place of memo.

Item 7: Certification of English Language Proficiency

Department sponsors need to determine English proficiency for J-1 Scholars in one of 5 ways:

  • A UCLA recognized English language test;
  • Certification by home academic institution where English is used;
  • Certification by English Language School where English training was completed within the past 2 years;
  • Copy of signed diploma or signed transcript from U.S. universities or universities in countries where English is the native language; or
  • A documented interview conducted by the UCLA faculty advisor either in-person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option.

The Certification of English Language Proficiency form must be included with all NEW and TRANSFER DS-2019 Requests. English Certification is not required for EXTENSION requests. An applicant whose first language is English and is a citizen of a country in which English is the primary spoken language of daily life (e.g., Australia, Barbados, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, United Kingdom) is exempt from this requirement.

Item 8: Copy of Previous DS-2019 Forms

Copies of scholar's previous DS-2019 forms are required if they have participated in a J-1 program within the past 2 years.