Obtaining a DS-2019 Form For A Dependent
J-1 Exchange Visitor will need to complete the "Dependent - Specific" tab in ISD plus upload the following documents to ISD:
- Dependent's passport photo page
- Funding Documentation
All fields are required for your request to be processed. Incomplete forms may cause delay in processing. Be sure to submit the correct funding (Spouse: minimum of $4000/year and Child: $2500/year) and insurance documents for each J-2 dependent. Insurance must cover the entire length of time the J-2 Dependents will be in the US.
Our office will notify you when the DS-2019 Form (s) is/are ready for pick up.
Invitation Letters Not Required for B2 Tourist Visa Applicants
Effective March 2015, International Student and Scholar Services will no longer issue "letters of invitation" based on the U.S. Department of State’s confirmation that “Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa”
Note:Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a nonimmigrant tourist visa. If you do choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember that it is not one of the factors that we use in determining whether to issue or deny a nonimmigrant tourist visa. travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/visit/visitor.html
As ISSS has had no reports of visa denials based on the lack of a letter of invitation and given that it is not a required document, we will no longer generate invitation letters.