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English proficiency verification requirement for prospective J-1 Scholars
Effective January 5, 2015, the US Department of State (DOS) is requiring that all prospective exchange visitors coming to US universities in J-1 status demonstrate sufficient English language proficiency before the university may issue the DS2019 documentation needed to bring the visitor here. The visitor's English proficiency should be at a level enough to successfully participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis. A sponsor must verify an applicant's English language proficiency through a recognized English language test, by signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school, or a documented interview "conducted by the sponsor" in-person, by video conference, or by web camera. Further details can be found here.
The Center for Global Services coordinates cultural programs and immigration-related services for approximately 6000 international students, scholars, faculty, and their dependents, and serves the broader campus community in an administrative and advisory capacity.
The Center's mission is to provide quality and timely services, to demystify federal immigration regulations as much as possible for the university constituencies we serve, and to assist members of the campus' international community in the cultural adjustment process.
The Center for Global Services is a part of the university-wide
Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers). The GAIA Centers work toward developing a comprehensive, campus-wide set of international initiatives and services, initiating collaborative projects and strategic partnerships around the world, and expanding students' opportunities for international study and research.