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You, as a J-1 exchange visitor, do not request a DS-2019. Depending upon your category, either your academic department, the Kennedy Center or Graduate Studies will request a DS-2019 for you which will be mailed to you with more information.

You should keep your immigration documents current, secure and accessible.
Your government Form DS-2019, issued through BYU, is a certificate of eligibility

  • provided initially for you to apply for a J visa or to change your lawful status,
  • but it functions as a record of J lawful status throughout your stay in the U.S. and must be valid at all times.
  • Do not let it expire if you still plan to continue your program.


  • Page 1:
    • Current information on your
      • school and program
      • program expiration date
      • any dependents here in the U.S.
      • financial requirements and resources
    • Your signature signifying that you have read and certify the information
    • Lines for an endorsement by a Designated School Official (DSO) affirming that the information is correct for the purpose of re-entering the U.S.
    • Any notations by a DHS official
  • Page 2: Instructions which should be followed to maintain your status

You should keep all of your original DS-2019s even after a new one has been issued to reflect updated information or transfer of schools. If you lose your current DS-2019, request a replacement from International Student Services.