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A student who plans to be an exchange student through the university is issued an immigration form called a DS-2019. This DS-2019 is used to obtain a J-1 visa at the student’s local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.


  • If a student is participating as an exchange student with A-State from an A-State university partner, you will receive your DS-2019 from A-State.


  • If a student is participating as an exchange student with A-State from an affiliate organization, such as ISEP or AMIDEAST, you will receive your DS-2019 from that organization. 


Upon admission to the university, you will be contacted by our Incoming Exchange Coordinator about the shipment of your DS-2019. We do not send scanned copies of the immigration form DS-2019, per federal immigration regulations. We can send you our university’s program number and your SEVIS number via email, upon request, prior to shipping if you wish to go ahead and book your Embassy or Consulate visit.  For shipping options, please check the tab to the left.

After receiving your immigration form DS-2019, please go to fmjfee.com to pay your SEVIS I-901 fee and then go to your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website to book your visa appointment.

Not required for your initial immigration process and arrival but here are some other important immigration regulations to be aware of.

  • Employment While on a J-1 Visa

    Students are eligible to work on-campus as part-time student employees during their time enrolled at A-State. Upon your arrival, you may discuss your options for this with our Immigration Advisor in International Programs.


    Additionally, there is an immigration benefit called Academic Training. You may discuss this option with our Immigration Advisor in International Programs additionally after your arrival and after reading the information below.


    Academic Training

    J-1 students are able to complete a period of academic training (paid or unpaid) either during their program of study or after their program of study. If a J-1 student does his/her academic training after his/her program of study, he/she must start the academic training 30 days or less from the end of the program of study. The end of the program of study is defined as the last day of finals, not necessarily the end date listed on the DS-2019 form. In addition:

    1. The student must be in a field of study at Arkansas State University as the primary basis for being in the US.
    2. The type of work done on academic training must be specifically related to their program of study listed on the DS-2019 form.
    3. The student must be in good academic and legal standing.
    4. The student’s current DS-2019 form must be valid up until the end date of the academic training. If a student needs to do an extension of his/her DS-2019, the student must be approved for academic training by the Responsible Officer at A-State, and provide a new financial guarantee. The extension must be done before the current DS-2019 end date.
    5. The student must receive written permission from the academic advisor and Responsible Officer at A-State to do academic training.
    6. The amount of time the student does academic training can not be more than the amount of time the student has studied at Arkansas State University.


    To apply for academic training, J-1 students must:

    1. The student and the academic advisor must complete the “Request for Academic Training".
    2. Receive a letter from the site of academic training. The letter must include:
          • The specific information regarding the type of work the student will do
          • The name of the supervisor, the email address, telephone number, and physical address of the supervisor
          • The amount of hours the student will work
          • The dates of employment
    1. The Responsible Officer in the International Officer must make a written recommendation to approve academic training based on the Academic Training Form from the academic advisor.
    2. Academic training must be approved in SEVIS and the student will receive a new DS-2019.
  • Enrollment Hours

    While enrolled at A-State on a J-1 visa and a student classification of the DS-2019, you will need to enroll as a full-time student. The required hours of enrollment can be found here: http://www.astate.edu/a/international/immigration-enrollment-regulations/required-hours-for-enrollment/.

  • Returning Home

    Return Home After Program Completes

    J-1 students have 30 days after their program end date to complete all course requirements to stay in the United States for vacation purposes. Students are not eligible to work (without Department of Homeland Security authorization), or go to school during this time.

    Return Home Before Program Completes

    J-1 students can choose to leave A-State before the end of their program.  If a student would like to they will need to contact the Immigration Advisor in International Programs and make a request to end their program early.  If this is not properly reported, this could negatively affect someone's eligibility for a VISA in the future.