In order to participate in ISEP, you must obtain a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa. Please note that all ISEP participants who attend U.S. host institutions are sponsored under ISEP's J-1 exchange visitor program.
ISEP participants are not sponsored by their host institution for visa purposes.
All visas are not alike!
You should only enter the United States as a J-1 exchange-visitor using the DS-2019 issued by ISEP.
Do not enter as a tourist (with a B-2 visa or no visa), as an F-1 student,
or as a J-1 exchange visitor under another program, such as a camp counselor or SWAT
program. If you enter the United States on a visa other than ISEP’s
J-1/DS-2019, you must leave the United States and re-enter on ISEP's
J-1 visa/DS-2019. If you have difficulty obtaining your visa, contact
ISEP before you depart your home country for the United States.
The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs
administers the J-Exchange Visitor Program. This group implements the
Mutual Educational and Cultural Act of 1961, as amended. The Act promotes
mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other
countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange
Visitor Program provides foreign nationals with opportunities to participate
in exchange programs in the United States and then return home to share
The State Department designates sponsors to administer individual exchange visitor programs. ISEP is officially designated as an exchange visitor sponsor by the State Department. This means that ISEP is authorized to issue the "Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status," known as a "DS-2019."