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UCLA Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars

Self-supporting programs that are not degree, VGR, or URC programs must be reviewed by DCISS to determine eligibility for J-1 visa status. Please provide DCISS with the following documents before submitting DS-2019 requests for program participants:

1. Official Program Description

2. A memo from the faculty supervisor, addressed to DCISS J-1 Unit, UCLA Exchange Visitor Program. Include in the letter the following:

  • a detailed description of activities the participants will undertake, including breakdown of percentages of duties/activities, i.e., studying, teaching, research, observation, training, attending conferences.

  • the site where the program will take place

  • the amount of time participants will be engaged in program activity (e.g. part-time, full-time)

3. A letter of support from the Academic Department Dean, addressed to DCISS J-1 Unit, UCLA Exchange Visitor Program. The memo from the Academic Dean must confirm the review and approval of the self-supporting program.