The work- and study-based Exchange Visitor program promotes global understanding through cultural and educational exchanges. We welcome exchange visitors from around the world and are committed to enriching their professional development and academic goals.

Exchange Visitor (J-1) Nonimmigrant Visa

The Exchange Visitor (J-1) nonimmigrant visa category is for individuals approved to participate in work- and study-based exchange visitor programs. Participants in the Exchange Visitor program are expected to return to their home countries after they have completed their programs to share their exchange experiences. 

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What documentation do I need?

Form DS-2019 is a Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) status. When you have been offered acceptance into an exchange program at UMKC, an immigration advisor in the International Student Affairs Office will issue a DS-2019. Upon receipt of the DS-2019, you can begin the application process for the J-1 visa and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your country of residence.

Pay I-901 SEVIS fee

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