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J-1 Scholar Applications

Paper Request Instructions

Each application form includes a cover sheet with comprehensive instructions for each type of request, including a checklist for the documentation that must accompany each request.

All completed requests should be submitted with attention to "OISS J-1 Visa Program". Requests may be hand-delivered to the OISS lobby in 105 International Center or sent via campus mail to:

OISS J-1 Visa Program
105 International Center

An advisor will review the request within 10-15 business days and, if needed, contact you in order to resolve any questions or concerns. Upon approval, a new DS-2019 will be created and you will be contacted.


  • As of November 2011, all scholar DS-2019s issued by OISS must have an accompanying Export Control Worksheet (ECW) approved by the MSU Office of Export Control and Trade Sanctions.
  • This rule applies only to paper requests submitted for J-1 Scholar extensions and J-1 Scholar repeat visitors. J-1 students and J-1 student interns do not need an approved ECW.
  • OISS advises you to submit the ECW to the MSU Export office on or before the date you submit the J-1 Scholar DS-2019 request.
  • OISS cannot release a DS-2019 to the requesting department until the approved ECW is received from the Export office.

For J-1 Scholar applications subject to the ECW requirement: Once the DS-2019 is created and the approved Export Control Worksheet (ECW) is received from the Export Control and Trade Sanctions office ( (, you will be notified via email to pick up the documents at our front desk in room 105 of the International Center. If the DS-2019 is ready to be created but the approved ECW is not received, OISS will notify you via email and hold the production of the DS-2019 until the approved ECW is received.

For all other J-1 paper requests: We will notify you via email when the DS-2019 is created.

Picking up the DS-2019: Because of the sensitive nature of visa documents, we ask that you or a representative come to our office to pick up the forms in person. All documents will be available in 105 International Center.

Current initial review time for J-1 paper requests is 15 business days.

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