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).

In particular, preparation of form DS-7002 by the OISS will require input from the URI sponsor and the prospective intern.  Please complete the questionnaire required by USCIS and return it to Melissa De Jesus (

Required Documents: J-1 Professors and Research Scholars


    1. Proof of English language proficiency (one of the examples below):
      • SKYPE 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) (ex. Copy of the Curriculum Vitae
    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. Once the Office of International Students & Scholars (Melissa De and receives all of the above information, it must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Integrity for Restricted Party Screening before OISS can generate the DS-2019. For more information, visit:
    2. Once it is approved, OISS can generate the DS-2019 on behalf of a prospective scholar, professor, and/or intern
    3. Anticipate a longer than normal processing period

Required Documents: J-1 Graduate, Undergraduate, and Student Intern

STEP 1 – Degree, Non-degree and 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)

Student Interns Additional Requirements

Note: Preparation of form DS-7002 by the OISS will require input from the URI sponsor and the prospective intern.  Please complete the questionnaire required by USCIS and return it to Melissa De Jesus (

  • 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.

  • Basic Living Expenses

    J-1 Principal: $1600/per month
    J-2 Spouse: $350/per month
    J-2 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.

  • URI Sponsors must require that all research scholars, professors and interns (as well as their accompanying spouses and dependents) have insurance that covers them for sickness or accidents during the time of their exchange visitor program.  In some instances, a J-1 sponsor may include coverage as part of sponsorship, without further charge to research scholar, professor and/or intern. In all cases, you will be required to select and purchase insurance coverage that is equal to the Affordable Care Act mandated by the U.S. government.

    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 MUST be terminated by the Office of International Students & Scholars.  A notification will be sent to both the EV and the URI sponsoring department.

    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), inquire with the sponsoring department whether or not they will be eligible for health insurance coverage paid by the University of Rhode Island.

  • Please Note:

    • F-1 and J-1 students, research scholars, professors and interns 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.
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