Upon invitation to study, research, or teach at the Claremont Colleges, please submit the following document to your campus international advisor:

  • The J-1 Request for a DS-2019;
  • The invitation or admission letter from the academic department;
  • A copy of your passport page (and any dependents, if applicable);
  • Financial statements or sponsorship letters. If your stay will not be financed by the Claremont Colleges, you will also need to submit proof of financial capability. The minimum amount is listed on the J-1 Request for a DS-2019 form.

To have your visa documents shipped directly to you, please purchase a shipment label through UEMS Eship Global. CGU uses a convenient express mail services that will allow you to pay for and receive your documents through DHL, UPS or FedEx within 5-7 business days. THIS IS REQUIRED for all students and scholars who want their DS-2019 shipped. 

Once you receive your DS-2019 immigration form, and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee (required of all J-1 students and scholars), you may apply for your J-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda do not have to apply for a J-1 visa. Visit the US government website to find the closest US Embassy or Consulate office, or review the visa appointment wait times.