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How to Receive your DS-2019

The following information is intended for those international students who will need to be issued a J-1 student visa document to study in the United States.

How to receive an DS-2019 from UMass Lowell

You must submit your request for an initial DS-2019 through the iStart E-Form which is accessible through the Forms & Guides tab under "New Students". 

In order to be issued a Form DS-2019 (to obtain J-1 visa status), you will need to provide us with the following documents:

Note: Do not enter on a tourist visa. Students on F-2; B-1; B-2; WB; or WT status are not permitted to be enrolled in a degree program, either part or full-time.

Our office will not only guide you prior to your arrival at UMass Lowell but we will continue to assist you and any accompanying family member throughout your academic program. We offer an International Student Orientation which is usually held one week before the first day of the semester. More detailed information will be included with your visa document. We strongly encourage that you do not make travel arrangements until you have been issued a visa document from our office.

We all very much look forward to hearing from you and eventually meeting you in person!


Students attending a post secondary educational institution in the state of Massachusetts are required by law to submit a certificate of immunization that includes proof of immunity to a variety of vaccine preventable communicable illnesses. As a condition of enrollment at the University and subsequently, treatment at Health Services, all students are required to have completed health forms on file. Students who do not submit complete records will have a hold placed on their registration which will affect future enrollment and access to academic records.

Both Massachusetts state and U.S. federal law require that all college students be enrolled in a qualifying health insurance plan. In order to meet federal Affordable Care Act requirements and to ensure access to health care while residing in the University of Massachusetts Lowell area, international students will be enrolled in and billed for the School Health Insurance Plan.

More information can be found on the Student Health Services Health Insurance website.