J-1 status is used by many different visitors to the U.S. At UI J-1 status is most often used by visiting and exchange students and by international scholars. J-1 status is a nonimmigrant classification, which means that you must demonstrate to the U.S. government that you do not intend to reside in the U.S. on a permanent basis. You must also demonstrate sufficient proficiency in the English language. Form DS-2019 provides evidence of eligibility for J-1 status.
Applications to change to J-1 status may be filed by individuals who are residing in the U.S. in a qualifying nonimmigrant status. All other students must apply for a visa stamp abroad.
If you would like to change to J-1 status in the U.S., please contact International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services to discuss the options at least six months before the planned start date of your program.
Details About the J-1 Status