The DS-2019 Form

The Certificate of Eligibility.

Without a DS-2019 form a J-1 visa cannot be granted!
J-1 visa without having DS-2019 form your visa application will not be accepted or you will be told by the US embassy or consulate that you need a DS-2019 form.
When you apply for the J-1 Visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy, you must submit the original DS-2019 Form along with your other forms and documents. The DS-2019 Form does not guarantee that you will actually receive the J-1 Visa. It merely serves as proof that a Department of State-designated visa sponsor supports your visa application.
Each DS-2019 Form is registered through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) of the U.S. Department of State.
The DS-2019 Form is protected by a barcode, unforgeable and cannot be transferred to another person.

Who issues the DS-2019 form?
The DS-2019 form can only be issued by one of the officially designated visa sponsors by state department. Sponsors help ensure that your prospective host company's training or internship program matches your education and experience and complies with U.S. Department of State regulations. Sponsors also check whether you are qualified for a training/internship on the J-1 Visa, monitor your program, and provide you with important orientation materials as well as contracts between you, your host company, and the sponsor.

azeemi co-operates with several different visa sponsors in the USA and process applications from around the world. After screening and pre validation the applications will be forwarded to the most suitable US partner organization which DS-2019 quote is not exhausted yet. The DS-2019 form will be issued by this US partner organization after all paper work is completed.

My host company could be the visa sponsor?
No. The visa sponsor only can be an officially Department of State designated organization.

Why do you not tell early,who will be my visa sponsor?
Only after receiving your DS-2019 order form and corresponding your internship or training intentions in the US we can verify which sponsor will be the most suitable and which one´s quota is not exhausted yet. Your application will be processed immediately at azeemi and we will inform you mostly the same day of receiving your application which US organization will be your visa sponsor.

What does the DS-2019 form contain?
Amongst others

  • a date of expiry
  • data of the intern/trainee
  • data of the visa sponsor
  • period of validity and internship/training duration

How I will receive the DS-2019 form?
The DS-2019 form will be sent by private mail delivery service like FedEx, UPS, DHL or other to your home country and address you filled in the order form.

How long does it need to issue the DS-2019 form?
Approx. 4-6 weeks from ordering the DS-2019 form to issue the form.

Are there any ways to speed up issueing the DS-2019 form?

What can I do to avoid delays?
You can prepare the following items:

  • A resume (CV).
  • Your resume must include your full name as it appears on your passport and your permanent home country address, phone number and e-mail address.
  • You should provide the name of any university you may have attended, as well as your major field of study and the dates you attended.
  • If you are still at university, please provide your expected graduation date.
  • If applicable, please provide your recent work history by listing each job you have held in the last 2 years in chronological order.
  • Please provide a brief (1-3 sentence) summary of your primary responsibilities for each position.
  • If the professional position at which you gained experience related to your proposed Training Program is not recent, please provide information on this position at the end of your recent work history.
  • Each reference to your education or work history must provide complete start and end dates (day, month, year) as well as the location (city and state of country) of the university or company.

  • A letter of reference.
    The letter of reference should be written in English and should be from a previous employer, or a professor or other college-level instructor.
    This letter must bear the recommender´s signature, contact information, and date.
    The person writing the letter of reference should indicate how and when he/she knew you in a professional or academic setting, and should provide information on your academic or professional performance, as well as any comments recommending you for future opportunities.

Your Host Company

Time and effort for the US host company

What has the host company to perform and to accomplish?
First of all the US host company should want to take the foreigner as an intern or trainee and should also be able to provide such internship or training. The prospective intern or trainee needs an acceptance or promise from a suitable US host company.

When applying for the DS-2019 form the contact data of the host company and the responsable supervisor at the host company must be available.

azeemi´s US partner organization (visa sponsor) will contact the supervisor at the host company and will mail him/her all J1-program information. The host company must provide a Training/Internship Placement Plan (T/IPP) = DS-7002 form. The visa sponsor will assist the company and supervisor to provide this plan. It must be a structured full-time (at least 32 hrs. a week) training program. Also the supervisor will receive from the visa sponsor a host organization contract (internship contract/training contract) to sign.

If the host company not yet participated successfully at the internship/training program of the visa sponsor and has less than 25 employees or less than $3 million in annual revenues a personal site visit at the host company is required.
This site visit will be charged only the company and its costs are about US$ 200.

If your US host company is not accustomed to take foreign interns or trainees and you are afraid that your company tries to avoid the burocratic efforts and tends to withdraw the internship/training offer you should calm your supervisor at the host company and assure:

  • that you will take care about the J-1 visa

  • that a US organization (visa sponsor) is required which will contact the company and will assist them with all informations and forms, as well as with the training plan

  • that the whole visa process with last about 6 weeks and that you can travel to the USA and begin with your internship/training only after your visa has been granted