Prospective Scholars: J-1 Visa Requirements

If you have any additional questions about the program that are not covered on this site, please contact the Visiting Scholar Program Administrator at the email address below:

Skye VanValkenburgh


1+510.643.6322 (office)

Please submit all applications to

Please note: Applications sent elsewhere will not be reviewed. 

Program Start Date
Application Deadline

 For Arrival During the Fall Semester

March 15th or at least 4 months in advance of your anticipated start date
11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time 

For Arrival During the
Spring & Summer Semesters

August 15th or at least 4 months in advance of your anticipated start date
11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time 

U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa Immigration Requirements

If you are an international scholar who has been nominated for affiliation you are required by law to enter the US on a J-1 Research Visa. Although the following documents are not required at the time of application, they will be required in order to apply for a DS-2019 through the Berkeley International Office. The DS-2019 is a form which permits a prospective exchange visitor to seek an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate in order to obtain a J visa to enter the United States. The DS-2019 application process will be conducted through the Visiting Scholar Program Administrator and any questions or concerns regarding this process should be emailed to

Please note: If your native language is Chinese, please read both the English and Chinese translations of the required post-acceptance materials below, and always refer to the English translation to understand fully what is required of you. 

1. Passport Information Page |护照扫描件

Copy of passport information page for the scholar and any accompanying dependents (spouse and children only) valid at least six months into the future.

2. All Previous DS-2019s (if applicable) |以往DS-2019 表格 (如有)


If the scholar has been in J status before, please send a scanned copy of all previous DS-2019s (of scholar and dependents) to the Visiting Scholar Program Administrator at

3. Proof of Sufficient Funding |资金证明文件

资金文件 (英语): 资金证明文件须在申请之日起6个月内签发,且须写明有足够资金支付J-1访问学者及其J-2亲属(夫妻和/或子女)在美访学期间全部费用,包括a) J-1访问学者 ($1,800/月) ,b) J-2 配偶 ($500/月), c)J-2子女 ($300/人/月)。所有文件均须提交英文版本。具体信息请参见伯克利加州大学访学类签证说明链接


All funding documents must be issued in English and dated within the past 6 months of the application period. They must show proof that the J-1 scholar has sufficient funding to cover the duration of their J Program for themselves and any J-2 dependents. The minimum monthly funding requirements are: $1800 for the J-1 scholar + $500 for a J-2 spouse + $300 for each J-2 child. Please see the UC Berkeley J Scholar Financial Requirements page.

Please note: if you are receiving a scholarship that does not state a specific monthly stipend the Berkeley International Office will use the lower amount to calculate the funding requirements. For example, if the Chinese Council Scholarship states that the scholar will be receiving between $1400 - $1800 a month, the Berkeley International Office will consider the lower amount ($1400) the official monthly stipend. If this amount does not meet the minimal overall requirement, the scholar will have to use additional proof of funding, e.g. personal bank statement, etc. to meet the funding requirement.

4. English Language Proficiency |英语语言水平要求


U.S. government regulations state that scholars must show "sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement, in order to participate in his/her program and to function on a day-to-day basis." This may include qualifying TOEFL/ IELTS test scores, signed documentation from the scholar's academic institution or an English language school. For a detailed list of acceptable English proficiency documents please visit the Berkeley International Office information page. 

5. DS-2019 Application Form|DS-2019申请信息表



Please fill out the Visiting Scholar DS-2019 application form (which will be sent from as an email attachment to accepted scholars). This form will be used to submit your DS-2019 application to the Berkeley International Office and to request campus affiliation from the Visiting Scholar and Post-Doc Affairs (VSPA) office. Please fill out the PDF on your computer in its entirety and email it back to the visiting scholar administrator as soon as possible. DO NOT PRINT OUT AND THEN FILL OUT A HARD COPY! z

For more information about the steps to acquire a J-1 visa please visit the Berkeley International Office J-1 Researchers webpage.