ISSS J-1 Advisor:
UMN Faculty Mentor signs and dates completed DS-7002 (Supervisor line, page 4) and sends to Student-Intern to sign and date (Trainee/Intern line, page 1).
Student-Intern submits to UMN Department:
Department emails the following to email@example.com with a Subject of “Student-Intern application for [name of Student-Intern]”
J-1 Advisor prepares the DS-2019 and visa documentation packet, including the DS-7002 signed by all parties. ISSS notifies Department that packet is ready for pick up in 190 Humphrey.
Student-Intern must have the original DS-2019 to apply for their visa and enter the U.S. They should not use a copy. They must have a copy of the DS-7002 as well. It is recommended to send the visa documentation packet via FedEx or another private carrier to help ensure timely delivery.
The Student-Intern receives from the Department the visa documentation packet including the DS-2019 Form and the DS-7002 Form. Student-Intern pays the SEVIS Fee and goes to the U.S. Consulate/Embassy in their home country to apply for the J-1 entry visa.
The Student-Intern needs to bring:
NOTE: The length of time for the J-1 entry visa to be processed can vary greatly depending on what the current processing times are at the U.S. Consulate/Embassy where the Student-Intern will apply. This can affect their arrival date and when they can begin their program at the UMN. The wait time can range anywhere between 1 week to 3 months or more. Student-Interns should contact the U.S. Consulate/ Embassy where they will apply to inquire about current visa processing times.
The Student-Intern receives a J-1 entry visa in their passport and makes travel arrangements to enter the U.S. At the U.S. border or port of entry, the Student-Intern shows the customs officer:
Immigration regulations require ISSS to report to the government database (SEVIS) the Student-Intern’s arrival at the UMN. Therefore, to maintain J legal status, Student-Interns MUST report to ISSS within 25 days of the start date shown on their DS-2019 form to complete their mandatory Student-Intern Check-In. If a Student-Intern is delayed and cannot meet the reporting requirement, the U of MN hosting department should request new DS-2019 dates by submitting the online Amendment Form. When Student-Interns report to ISSS, they need to bring all of their visa documents to ISSS.
If the Student-Intern will not receive employment-based University insurance, they will need to contact the Office of Student Health Benefits to purchase the mandatory insurance for themselves and their eligible J-2 dependents. All Student-Interns are required to have University of Minnesota health insurance coverage for the duration of their internship.
If the Student-Intern will be paid by the U of MN, they should apply for a Social Security Number after their ISSS Student-Intern Check-In. After obtaining an SSN, or if the Student-Intern already has an SSN from previous employment, they are required to present their visa documents to Central Payroll.