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Form DS-2019, the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status ( is a controlled document used in the administration of the BridgeUSA (J- visa) program.
What is it?
Form DS-2019

Form DS-2019 is a government document that confirms a foreign individual’s eligibility to come to the US for a specific exchange visitor program. It allows prospective exchange visitors to apply for a J-1 visa at a US embassy or consulate and enter/reenter the US in J-1 status.

• Form DS-2019 also is not a visa
• Issued by designated sponsors to incoming exchange visitors
• Certifies that they have been screened and selected for EVP
• Supports their application for a J-1 visa and admission to the US
Related topicsJ-1 Visa ApplicationStudent and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)Canadian and Bermudian exchange visitorsTraveling in and out of the USPre-Departure ChecklistAbout DS-2019