The J-1 Exchange Visitor category was developed to implement the Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries through education and cultural exchanges.
MTSU's Exchange Visitor Program provides opportunities for study, research, and teaching.
Students in degree programs are permitted an overall limit of 18 months, which includes all academic training, whether before or after completion of studies. The total training period may not exceed the amount of time spent in the full course of study.
Postdoctoral training after completion of a U.S. degree the overall limit is 36 months. A new DS-2019 will be issued for the second 18 months.
Students in a prescribed course of study in a non-degree program, the total stay is limited to a maximum of 24 months, inclusive of all study time and any authorized academic training.
Health Insurance Requirements
You must maintain health insurance coverage for yourself and your J-2 dependents during the entire time you participate in an Exchange Visitor Program. Insurance coverage must meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of State or backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the Exchange Visitor's home country shall be deemed to meet the requirement.
Required coverage for students and dependents includes:
It is your responsibility to renew the insurance coverage for your dependent(s) during their stay. If you fail to maintain insurance coverage or misrepresent to the J-1 Program Sponsor will be considered in violation of the University Rules and will be subject to termination as an Exchange Visitor participant. View the Health Insurance Statement
If you would like, you may contact the insurance company many of our international students use for a quote on an acceptable policy, intlstudentprotection.com.
Once you have your insurance purchased, you will need to fill out the Insurance Certification Form and bring it to Jones Hall 111 as part of your check-in procedure.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
One of the following forms of documentation must be submitted with your application to provide proof of English language proficiency:
All test scores and/or transcripts must be official, issued directly by the institution granting them.
The Two-year Home Country Requirement
There are three grounds on which your status as an exchange visitor can become subject to the Immigration and Nationality Act Section 212(e):
If you fall into one of these groups, you are subject to the two-year home country requirement (212)(e), even if your source of funding or field of study changes. If the principal J-1 is subject to the two-year residence requirement, all dependents who enter the U.S. in J-2 status are subject to it as well.
Waiver of the Home Residence Requirement
If you are an exchange visitor, you may apply for a waiver of the two-year foreign residence requirement for the following five statutory bases:
Please see the following for more information: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/info/info_1296.html
A J-1 student may participate in an academic training program during his or her studies, without wages or other remuneration, with the approval of the Academic Dean or Advisor and the Responsible Officer. A student may be authorized to participate in academic training programs for wages or other remuneration during his or her studies or commencing not later than thirty (30) days after completion of studies.
J-1 Academic Training is authorized by your J-1 program sponsor. To apply for Academic Training, you must know who represents your J-1 sponsor and issued your DS-2019 form. If Middle Tennessee State University is your sponsor, the advisers at IA will evaluate your application and authorize your Academic Training.
All academic training is counted as full time, even if employment is on a part-time basis.
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