There are two federal requirements unique to the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program.
English Language Proficiency
Federal regulations require evidence of an assessment of English language proficiency . Using OISS Connect, the host department indicates how the faculty supervisor determined the scholar’s English language proficiency from the three choices below. Most host departments chose the interview option.
- If the faculty supervisor conducted an interview in English, the department uploads the English Language Proficiency Assessment Form to OISS Connect (in the 'Documents' tab)
- If the scholar has taken a recognized standardized test of English as a second language, the department uploads the English Language Proficiency Assessment Form to OISS Connect (in the 'Documents' tab) In choosing the recognized test (TOEFL or IELTS) it is up to the department to decide on what test score is an acceptable minimum.
- If the scholar has a degree or transcript from an academic program conducted in English, no additional evidence is required.
J-1 scholars and their J-2 family members are required to maintain specific health insurance coverage during their entire stay in the U.S.
J-1 student interns must upload a copy of their insurance plan to OISS Connect.