A J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa (Form DS-2019) is a non-immigrant visa issued to exchange visitors who come to the United States to teach, conduct research, study or receive training as a participant in an Exchange Visitor Program designated by the Department of State. The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will issue a Form DS-2019 to eligible individuals for the purpose of obtaining a J-1 visa to seek admission to the US. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa category was established to facilitate educational and cultural exchange. For this reason, it is intended for temporary appointments or exchanges only.

Before initiating the J-1 process for an international exchange visitor, it is required that you contact an ISSO advisor who can describe the process to you, address any questions or concerns you may have, and assess any risks associated with the planned exchange.