to Boston University's J Program
This section is for new students or current students who are already
in J-1 student status under another Exchange Visitor Program sponsor,
but wish to transfer to Boston University's J-1 Exchange Visitor
Program. It will describe the steps needed to comply with program
transfer regulations of the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
USCIS Form DS-2019
In order to transfer your status to Boston University, you must be
admitted for full-time study and be issued a Boston University Certificate
of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status (Form DS-2019).
Please see our section for admissions
information if you have not yet been admitted to the University
for full-time study.
Read all information on your DS-2019 as
soon as you receive it. If any information on the form is incorrect,
immediately contact the
International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO). If all information
is correct, sign and date the form.
If you have dependents (spouse and/or children under the age of
21) who will accompany you or who will be traveling to the U.S.
separately to join you, they must each receive their own DS-2019.
Your dependents will also each require their own DS-2019 to obtain
J-2 visas before they can enter the U.S. from abroad. (See section
on J-2 Dependents
for more information.)
to Be Released by Your Current J Program Sponsor
You must notify the Responsible Officer of your current J-1 Exchange
Visitor Program of your intent to transfer to Boston University.
Before the ISSO can issue you a DS-2019, the Responsible Officer
of your current J program must "release" your SEVIS record
to Boston University.
The ISSO is pleased to provide you with information, advice, and assistance
on any visa or immigration matter that relates to your activities
at Boston University. If you are in the Boston area, we invite you
to contact us and make an appointment to speak with your