English Proficiency Requirements

International scholars who are applying for J-1 Exchange Visitor visas must comply with the U.S. State Department requirements to demonstrate English language proficiency that is sufficient: (1) to participate successfully in their exchange programs; and (2) to function on a day-to-day basis in the United States [22 CFR §62.10(a)(2)].

The host faculty must verify an applicant’s English language proficiency through a recognized English language test by a signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school, or through a documented interview conducted by the sponsor (either in-person or by video conference). 

If the host faculty member cannot firmly establish sufficient English proficiency, then it is not appropriate to request a DS-2019 for the J-1 scholar, as they are not eligible for a J-1 status.

Ways to verify English proficiency