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J1/J2 Visa Information


At URI, J-1 visas are issued to four Exchange Visitor (EV) sub-categories, which include Research Scholars, Professors, Interns, and Exchange Students (degree and non-degree). Depending on the EV's country of origin and category, when requesting a J-1 visa, the EV could be made subject to the "two year home residency requirement" by the Department of State.

Always follow the guidelines given to you by the US Embassy/Consulate that issued your visa. To find which consulate has jurisdiction over your country, please visit: American Consulate.

Documents to take to the Consulate:

  1. DS-2019 issued and signed by a URI Responsible Officer
  2. Copy of the receipt of payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee. To get information about the SEVIS fee click here  

  3. Sponsorship and/or admission letter from URI

  4. Passport valid for at least 6 months into the future
  5. Proof of payment of the Visa Reciprocity fee (if applicable), please visit U.S. State Travel

Here are some answers to common questions regarding J-1/J-2 visas:

  1. Where can I apply for my J-1 visa?

    In most cases, you can apply for your visa at the US Embassy/Consulate having jurisdiction over your place of residence.

  2. When can I apply for my J-1 visa?

    You can apply at any time before the start date of your program (see dates on DS-2019). However, the consulate will not issue the visa until 90 days prior to the program start date.

  3. How long after I have received the visa can I enter the US?

    You can enter the US only 30 days before the start date of your program.


University of Rhode Island • Office of International Students & Scholars • International Center • 37 Lower College Road; Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881


International Student Orientation

Date: Friday, September 4, 2015


Place: Multicultural Center

Undergraduate Students' Time:

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Graduate Students' Time:

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.



Reporting responsibilities of F-1 International Students while on (OPT)

FALL 2015 OPT workshop schedule: Available

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