Office of International Students and Scholars

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General Information for Departments

To obtain a DS-2019 form for a prospective student-intern, research scholar, and/or professor, the sponsoring department must provided the OISS with all required documents on behalf of the principal and his/her dependents (if any), which include:

Required Documents: Professors and Research Scholars


    1. Proof of English language proficiency
      • SKIPE interview documented using URI letterhead
      • Proof from a recent standardized English language test
      • MA, MS, PhD certificate from an American and/or other Anglophone institution overseas
    2. Professional/Academic Credentials (Research Scholars and Professors only)
    3. Proof of financial support or funding (all categories )
    4. Biographical passport page(s) of the applicant and dependents (all categories)
    5. DS-2019 Request Form (all categories)
    6. Processing Fee of $200 (all categories)


    1. Before the Office of International Students & Scholars (Melissa De generates a DS-2019 on behalf of a prospective scholar, professor, and/or intern, a copy of the DS-2019 request must be review and approval by the Office of Research Integrity for Restricted Party Screening.  For more information, visit:
    2. Anticipate a longer than normal processing period

Required Documents: Degree and Non- degree Students (graduate, undergraduate, and student/interns)

STAGE 1 (Stage 2 is not required for student categories, except for student/interns)

    1. Letter of admission (degree students only)
    2. DS-2019 Request Form (all categories)
    3. Proof of financial support or funding (all categories)
    4. Biographical passport page (all categories)
    5. Proof of language proficiency (all categories)
    6. Academic Transcripts (all categories)
    7. Training Internship/Placement Plan or DS-7002 (Interns only)
    8. Processing Fee of $200 (student/interns only)

Export Control: New Procedure

U.S. Export control regulations required that foreign nationals and their affiliated institutions are screened against all required databases to comply with export control laws and regulations.  The U.S. government export regulations restrict or prohibit U.S. individuals and companies from exporting or providing services of any kind to any party contained in U.S. government export denial, debarment, and blocked persons lists.  These lists are updated on a regular basis.

What are Export Controls?

Export controls are U.S. laws and regulations that regulate the distribution of technology, services and information to foreign nationals and foreign countries for reasons including foreign policy and national security.

Although the vast majority of activities at the University are not subject to export control restrictions or licensing requirements, each member of the University community should be familiar with the export control and embargo restrictions and their responsibilities under University policies and procedures with respect to such restrictions.

Please Note:

  • Students and scholars must report to the Office of International Student Services within 30 days of his/her arrival in the U.S.
  • Students must register full-time, at all times, while at URI (some exceptions might apply).
  • Students cannot accept employment without obtaining permission from OISS in advance (Graduate Assistants, Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants are not governed by this rule.
  • Interns are not permitted to register/enroll in URI courses.

Minimum Estimated Monthly Support Level for Research Scholars, Professors, and Interns

EV: $1600/per month (basic living expenses, all three categories)

Dependents (basic living expenses)

Spouse: $350/month

Child: $225/per month/per child

The estimated minimum support for the principal (J-1) and dependents (J-2) DOES NOT include the cost of transportation nor the cost of mandatory health insurance. Additional monthly amounts must be added to the minimum support level to cover the cost of health insurance for the principal (J-1) and the dependents (J-2). Due to the variability in cost of health insurance and transportation, we are not providing you with an amount.

Health Insurance Requirement

Sponsors must require that all exchange visitors (as well as their accompanying spouses and dependents) have insurance in effect that covers them for sickness or accidents during the time of their exchange visitor program. Your J-1 sponsor may include coverage as part of sponsorship, without further charge to you. In all cases, you will be required to select and purchase insurance coverage that is equal .

Exchange Visitor professors and research scholars must be prepared to show proof of insurance no later than 15 days from the day of arrival on campus. Government regulations stipulate that if, after that date an EV willfully fails to carry health insurance for him/her and their dependents, the program will be terminated.

As of May 15, 2015, program participants and their dependents are required to have medical insurance coverage with the following minimum benefits [22 CFR 62.14].

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
  • A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

Program regulations also discuss coverage through HMOs and self-insurance of the above requirements by federal, state or local government agencies, state colleges and universities, and public community colleges, if permitted by law. Refer to [22 CFR 62.14] for additional information.

Please Note:
If the research scholar, professor, or Student Intern will hold a University of Rhode Island appointment (full time Internal Payroll position of 6 months or more), please inquire with the sponsoring department whether or not they will be eligible for health insurance coverage paid by the University of Rhode Island.

If the OISS determines that the exchange visitor or any accompanying spouse or dependent fails to obtain and/or maintain health insurance coverage Program, the sponsors are under an obligation to terminate the exchange visitor’s program (and dependents) at any time after the program has started. Health insurance regulations were designed to prevent exchange visitors and their dependents from becoming U.S. public charges.

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