J-1 Scholars: Miller School of Medicine


Request new DS-2019
Requesting a Form DS-2019 for a J-1 Exchange Visitor/Scholar to begin a new J-1 Program at the Miller School of Medicine:
  • Read the Exchange Visitor Program Policy and Procedure Manual for the Miller School of Medicine - click here
  • When identifying a candidate as a potential J-1 scholar, the following are the factors that should be considered: (1) qualifications, (2) English language proficiency, (3) eligibility for the position, (4) funding, (5) category, and (6) J-1 status versus H-1B status.  Departments should also consider any funded projects that the candidate would be assigned and whether there are any restrictions to dissemination of information or foreign national participation.  The Office of Research Administration will be able to assist with this inquiry and can be reached at 305-284-3871.

    In addition, if the foreign national will need to have access to export-controlled technology (such as high-energy-lasers, GPS, sonar, sensors, satellite images, etc.), the Department considering the candidate should speak with the University of Miami’s Director of Export Control Compliance William J. Collins, who can be reached at 305-243-9558.

    All candidates must be screened through the University of Miami’s Restricted Party Screening (RPS) tool and cleared prior to any offer or invitation being extended.  Requests for screening must be submitted using DS-2019 Applicant Review Form (EXPORT-F-006), which is available on the University of Miami’s Office of Research Administration.  The Department must complete the form electronically, submit it to the Export Control Compliance mailbox (exportcontrol@miami.edu), wait for ECTM  to return the form with the orange box on the bottom completed, and upload it as an attachment to the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form that is submitted to ISSS for processing.

  • Also, issue an intent letter for prospective exchange visitors/scholars who will receive payment from UM or a courtesy invitation letter for prospective exchange visitors/scholars who will not receive payment from UM. For the template for J-1 paid appointment intent letter letter - click hereFor template for the J-1 courtesy appointment invitation letter - click here.
  • Complete and submit the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form with electronic signatures to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) with the required attachments (all attachments must be in English; if an attachment is not available in English, the attachment must be accompanied by a certified translation):
      • Prospective exchange visitor's/scholar's curriculum vitae
      • Certification of English Language Proficiency (completed by UM Host Department Faculty Member)
      • Copy of passport biographical data and expiration date page(s) for the prospective exchange visitor/scholar and any dependents listed on the DS-2019 request
      • J-1 paid appointment intent letter (for UM exchange visitors/scholars with UM funding) or J-1 courtesy appointment invitation letter (for UM exchange visitors/scholars without UM funding), signed by the UM Host Department Faculty Member
      • Copy of University of Miami offer letter (only for UM exchange visitors/scholars with UM funding)
      • Financial support documents (if funding is from a source other than the UM, with funding listed in U.S. currency; proof of funding must be on letterhead and indicate the amount of funding the prospective exchange visitor/scholar will receive from the funding source during his/her time at UM)
      • DS-2019 Applicant Review Form (EXPORT-F-006), completed electronically by the UM Host Department, submitted to the University of Miami’s Export Control Compliance Office mailbox (exportcontrol@miami.edu), and returned to the UM Host Department by Export Control Compliance with the orange box on the bottom completed.  All prospective J-1 exchange visitors/scholars must be screened and cleared by Export Control Compliance prior to any offer, intent or invitation letter being extended.  Requests for screening must be submitted to Export Control Compliance through Form EXPORT-F-006.Deadline for submission of all required documents listed above is no less than three months prior to the requested start date of the exchange visitor's/scholar's J-1 program.
  • Upon receipt of all the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form with all required attachments and electronic signatures, ISSS will review the request for Form DS-2019.  If the prospective exchange visitor/scholar is deemed eligible and qualified to participate in UM's exchange visitor program, ISSS will issue Form DS-2019 for the prospective exchange visitor/scholar (and Forms DS-2019 for any accompanying dependent spouse and minor children) and send Form(s) DS-2019 to the prospective exchange visitor/scholar via FedEx, along with prearrival information, Form I-9 completion reminder (only for exchange visitors/scholars with UM funding), Health Insurance Requirement Certification, and Form I-901.
  • The prospective exchange visitor/scholar is required to pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee and visa fees prior to making arrangements for his/her visa appointment with a U.S. consular office abroad. Visa processing by a U.S. consular office can take anywhere from several days to several months, depending on the U.S. consular office and possible mandatory security clearances.
  • Provided the prospective exchange visitor/scholar obtains a J-1 visa from a U.S. consular office, he/she must enter the U.S. and complete arrival procedures, including program validation in SEVIS, with ISSS within a certain period of time: 
    • Up to 30 days before the expected program start date indicated in item #3 of Form DS-2019; and
    • No later then 30 days after the expected program start date indicated in item #3 of Form DS-2019.
Form DS-2019 and the prospective exchange visitor's/scholar's SEVIS record automatically deactivate if he/she does not enter the U.S. and complete arrival procedures with ISSS within this time frame.

Please contact Claudia Zitzmann, Director, International Scholar Services, at czitzmann@miami.edu or at 305-284-2928 if you have any questions regarding requesting a Form DS-2019 for a J-1 exchange visitor/scholar to begin a new program at the Miller School of Medicine.

Extend current DS-2019
Requesting a Form DS-2019 for a J-1 Exchange Visitor/Scholar to extend an on-going J-1 Program at the Miller School of Medicine: Read the Exchange Visitor Program Policy and Procedure Manual for the Miller School of Medicine - click here

  • Complete and submit the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form with electronic signatures to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) with the required attachments (all attachments must be in English; if an attachment is not available in English, the attachment must be accompanied by a certified translation):
    • Copy of passport biographical data and expiration date page(s) for the exchange visitor/scholar
    • Copy of the exchange visitor's/scholar's J-1 visa page (foil issued by U.S. consular officer and located in his/her passport; for Canadian citizens, upload copy of passport page bearing stamp from most recent entry to U.S.)
    • Copy of the exchange visitor's/scholar's Most Recent I-94 (downloaded by exchange visitor/scholar and provided to his/her UM Host Department)
    • Financial support documents (if funding is from a source other than the UM, with funding listed in U.S. currency; proof of funding must be on letterhead and indicate the amount of funding the exchange visitor/scholar will receive from the funding source during his/her time at UM)
    • DS-2019 Applicant Review Form (EXPORT-F-006), completed electronically by the UM Host Department, submitted to the University of Miami’s Export Control Compliance Office mailbox (exportcontrol@miami.edu), and returned to the UM Host Department by Export Control Compliance with the orange box on the bottom completed.  All J-1 exchange visitors/scholars must be screened and cleared by Export Control Compliance prior to any J-1 program being extended.  Requests for screening must be submitted to Export Control Compliance through Form EXPORT-F-006.
  • Deadline for submission of all required documents listed above is no less than two months prior to the expiration of the expiration of the exchange visitor's current Form DS-2019s.
  • Upon receipt of all the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form with all required attachments and electronic signatures, ISSS will review the request for Form DS-2019.  If the prospective exchange visitor is deemed eligible for an extension of his/her J-1 program, ISSS will extend the J-1 program and issue Form DS-2019 for the exchange visitor (and Forms DS-2019 for any accompanying dependent spouse and minor children) and contact the exchange visitor via e-mail for an appointment with ISSS.
Please contact Claudia Zitzmann, Director, International Schiokar Services, at czitzmann@miami.edu or at 305-284-2928 if you have any questions regarding requesting a Form DS-2019 for a J-1 exchange visitor/scholar to extend an ongoing J-1 program at the Miller School of Medicine.

Request DS-2019 for transfer to UM
Requesting a Form DS-2019 for a J-1 Exchange Visitor/Scholar to transfer to UM's J-1 Program at the Miller School of Medicine from a different J-1 Program:
  • Read the Exchange Visitor Program Policy and Procedure Manual for the Miller School of Medicine - click here 
  • When identifying a candidate as a potential J-1 exchange visitor/scholar, the following are the factors that should be considered: (1) qualifications, (2) English language proficiency, (3) eligibility for the position, (4) funding, (5) category, and (6) J-1 status versus H-1B status.  Departments should also consider any funded projects that the candidate would be assigned and whether there are any restrictions to dissemination of information or foreign national participation.  The Office of Research Administration will be able to assist with this inquiry and can be reached at 305-284-3871.

    In addition, if the foreign national will need to have access to export-controlled technology (such as high-energy-lasers, GPS, sonar, sensors, satellite images, etc.), the Department considering the candidate should speak with the University of Miami’s Director of Export Control Compliance William J. Collins, who can be reached at 305-243-9558.

    Also, all candidates must be screened through the University of Miami’s Restricted Party Screening (RPS) tool and cleared prior to any offer or invitation being extended.  Requests for screening must be submitted using DS-2019 Applicant Review Form (EXPORT-F-006), which is available on the University of Miami’s Office of Research Administration.  The Department must complete the form electronically, submit it to the Export Control Compliance mailbox (exportcontrol@miami.edu), wait for ECTM  to return the form with the orange box on the bottom completed, and upload it as an attachment to the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form that is submitted to ISSS for processing.

  • Also, issue an offer letter for prospective exchange visitors who will receive payment from UM or a courtesy invitation letter for prospective exchange visitors who will not receive payment from UM.  For the For the template for J-1 paid appointment intent letter letter - click hereFor template for the J-1 courtesy appointment invitation letter - click here.
  • Complete and submit the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form with electronic signatures to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) with the required attachments (all attachments must be in English; if an attachment is not available in English, the attachment must be accompanied by a certified translation):
      • Prospective exchange visitor's/scholar's curriculum vitae
      • Certification of English Language Proficiency (completed by UM Host Department Faculty Member)
      • Copy of passport biographical data and expiration date page(s) for the prospective exchange visitor/scholar and any dependents listed on the DS-2019 request
      • Copy of the exchange visitor's/scholar's J-1 visa page (foil issued by U.S. consular officer and located in his/her passport; for Canadian citizens, upload copy of passport page bearing stamp from most recent entry to U.S.)
      • If the exchange visitor/scholar has any J-2 dependent(s), copy of the J-2 visa page(s) of the J-2 dependent(s) (foil issued by U.S. consular officer and located in his/her passport; for Canadian citizens, upload copy of passport page bearing stamp from most recent entry to U.S.)
      • Copy of the exchange visitor's/scholar's Most Recent I-94 (downloaded by exchange visitor/scholar and provided to his/her UM Host Department)
      • If the exchange visitor/scholar has any J-2 dependent(s), copy of the J-2 dependent(s)' Most Recent I-94 (downloaded by exchange visitor/scholar and provided to his/her UM Host Department)
      • Copy of exchange visitor's/scholar's Form(s) DS-2019 issued by previous J-1 program sponsor(s)
      • If the exchange visitor/scholar has any J-2 dependent(s), copy of the J-2 dependent(s)' Form(s) DS-2019 issued by previous J-1 program sponsor(s)
      • J-1 paid appointment intent letter (for UM exchange visitors/scholars with UM funding) or J-1 courtesy appointment invitation letter (for UM exchange visitors/scholars without UM funding), signed by the UM Host Department Faculty Member
      • Copy of University of Miami offer letter (only for UM exchange visitors/scholars with UM funding)
      • Financial support documents (if funding is from a source other than the UM, with funding listed in U.S. currency; proof of funding must be on letterhead and indicate the amount of funding the prospective exchange visitor/scholar will receive from the funding source during his/her time at UM)
      • DS-2019 Applicant Review Form (EXPORT-F-006), completed electronically by the UM Host Department, submitted to the University of Miami’s Export Control Compliance Office mailbox (exportcontrol@miami.edu), and returned to the UM Host Department by Export Control Compliance with the orange box on the bottom completed.  All prospective J-1 exchange visitors/scholars must be screened and cleared by Export Control Compliance prior to any offer, intent or invitation letter being extended.  Requests for screening must be submitted to Export Control Compliance through Form EXPORT-F-006.
  • Deadline for submission of all required documents listed above is no less than two months prior to the need for the exchange visitor's services.
  • Upon receipt of all required documents, ISSS will review the request for Form DS-2019. If the prospective exchange visitor is deemed eligible and qualified to participate in UM's Exchange Visitor Program, ISSS will contact the exchange visitor's current J-1 program sponsor and request that he/she be released to UM's J-1 program at the requested transfer release date. Upon notification by the current J-1 program sponsor that the transfer has been approved, ISSS will notify the exchange visitor via e-mail to visit ISSS on the requested transfer release date. Form DS-2019 for the exchange visitor (and Forms DS-2019 for any accompanying dependent spouse and minor children) will be issued during the appointment with the exchange visitor on the requested transfer release date.

Please contact Claudia Zitzmann, Director, International Scholar Services, at czitzmann@miami.edu or at 305-284-2928 if you have any questions regarding requesting a Form DS-2019 for a J-1 exchange visitor/scholar to transfer to UM's J-1 program at the Miller School of Medicine from a different J-1 program sponsor.


Amend current DS-2019
Requesting an amended Form DS-2019 for a J-1 Exchange Visitor/Scholar at the Miller School of Medicine:
  • Read the Exchange Visitor Program Policy and Procedure Manual for the Miller School of Medicine - click here.
  • Complete and submit the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form with electronic signatures to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) with the required attachments (all attachments must be in English; if an attachment is not available in English, the attachment must be accompanied by a certified translation):
    • Required attachments depend on the reason for the amendment.  Please see the drop-down menu in the electronic Scholar DS-2019 Request Form for further information.Deadline for submission of all required documents listed above is as soon as you become aware of the need for an amendment of the exchange visitor's/scholar's current Form DS-2019.
  • Upon receipt of all required documents, ISSS will review the request for Form DS-2019. If the exchange visitor/scholar is deemed eligible for an amendment of his/her J-1 program, ISSS will amend the J-1 program, issue Form DS-2019 for the exchange visitor (and Forms DS-2019 for any accompanying dependent spouse and minor children), and provide Form(s) DS-2019 to the exchange visitor/scholar.
  • Deadline for submission of all required documents listed above is as soon as you become aware of the need for an amendment of the exchange visitor's/scholar's current Form DS-2019.
  • Upon receipt of all required documents, ISSS will review the request for Form DS-2019. If the exchange visitor/scholar is deemed eligible for an amendment of his/her J-1 program, ISSS will amend the J-1 program, issue Form DS-2019 for the exchange visitor (and Forms DS-2019 for any accompanying dependent spouse and minor children), and provide Form(s) DS-2019 to the exchange visitor/scholar.
Please contact Claudia Zitzmann, Director, International Scholar Services, at czitzmann@miami.edu or at 305-284-2928 if you have any questions regarding requesting an amended Form DS-2019 for a J-1 exchange visitor/scholar at the Miller School of Medicine.