Loyola University Chicago

International Student and Scholar Services

J-1 Visa Process


J-1 Visa Application

After receiving admission as an exchange student to Loyola University Chicago, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will assist you in obtaining a J-1 visa before your entry to the U.S.

The first step in the process will be for ISSS to issue you a Form DS-2019.  In order for this document to be issued, you must upload copies of the following documents to your application status page:

  • Passport bio/info page
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances Form signed by you and your financial sponsor
  • Proof of funding (bank statements, scholarship letters, etc.)

Once issued, your DS-2019 will be mailed via express courier to your home institution.

Upon receiving your DS-2019, a cover letter will instruct you to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee, complete and submit a DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, and schedule your J-1 visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to you abroad.

More information on the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program can be found on the U.S Department of State website.