In order for OIA to be able to issue a DS-2019, you must provide OIA with financial documentation that:
- is in English or accompanied by a certified translation
- is original (or certified copies)
- shows liquid assets available to you for the duration of your program. The following items are NOT appropriate as sources of funding: value of jewelry, livestock, property or other non-liquid, non-renewable assets.
- demonstrates institutional commitment either by Jefferson or by your home country government or institution
For funds provided by a private individual other than yourself, such as a parent or other family member, your financial documentation must be accompanied by a signed letter of support.
You may need to show these documents to the U.S. Consular official when applying for your visa. You may either obtain two sets of originals of these documents, or send certified copies of these documents to your Jefferson department, keeping the primary originals for your visa application with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Self-funded J-1 scholars will additionally require proof of institutional commitment from the sponsoring department.