DS2019 Form Certificate of Eligibility

DS2019 Form Certificate of Eligibility

The Certificate of Eligibility for the J-1 Trainee Visa is the DS-2019 Form.

Without a DS-2019 form a J-1 visa cannot be granted!

Do not apply for a J-1 visa without having DS2019 Form Certificate of Eligibility! As a result your visa application will be refused. Or the US embassy or consulate will tell you 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 or Certificate of Eligibility. Along with your other application materials. However, the DS-2019 Form does not guarantee that you really will receive the J-1 Visa. To clarify, it merely serves as proof that a Department of State-designated visa sponsor supports your visa application.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) of the U.S. Department of State registers each DS2019 Form.

The DS2019 Form is protected by a barcode, unforgeable and cannot be transferred to another person.

Who issues the DS-2019 form?

Only a few officially designated visa sponsors can issue the DS2019 Form Certificate of Eligibility. Sponsors help ensure that your prospective host company’s training program matches your education and experience. Further, that your program complies with U.S. Department of State regulations. In addition, sponsors also check whether you are qualified for a training/internship on the J-1 Visa. The sponsors monitor your program and provide you with important orientation materials. Secondly, with contracts between you, your host company, and the sponsor.

Interswop co-operates with several different visa sponsors in the USA. We process mainly European applications to assign the right sponsor. However, also interns from around the world can apply. After screening and pre validate your applications, we forward it to the most suitable US partner organization. And which DS-2019 quote is not exhausted yet. This US partner organization will issue the DS 2019 form after all paperwork 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 me beforehand who will be my visa sponsor?

Only after receiving your complete DS-2019 order form / application we look for a suitable sponsor. In addition, we need to know about your internship or training intentions in the US. After that, we can verify which sponsor will be the most suitable one. And which one´s quota is not exhausted yet. Certainly, we process your application immediately at Interswop. After that 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?

A private mail delivery service like FedEx, UPS, DHL or other sends the Certificate of Eligibility to your home country. To the address you filled in the order form / application.

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 issuing 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. Moreover 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.

A previous employer, or a professor or other college-level instructor should write the reference letter in English.
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. Further he/she should provide information on your academic or professional performance, as well as any comments recommending you for future opportunities.