The Exchange Visitor Program is designed to bring, among others, scholars, researchers, professors and specialists to the United States for a variety of educational and cultural exchange purposes. These individuals are often under the sponsorship of an agency or organization that has been designated as an exchange visitor sponsor by the U.S. Department of State. The University at Buffalo has been granted this designation and, accordingly, is authorized to issue the Form DS-2019, the form used by the prospective Exchange Visitor to apply for their J-1 visa. UBIS usually issues approximately 400 Form DS-2019s per year.  Each DS-2019 Request Packet is evaluated for compliance with the Exchange Visitor Program's requirements.  After the J-1 Exchange Visitor arrives on campus, UBIS validates the EV's SEVIS record and monitors and facilitates the J-1 Exchange Visitor's and any dependents' period of stay at UB in order to ensure compliance with the regulations of the Exchange Visitor Program and successful completion of the EV's program.  UBIS is also responsible for compliance with the EVP's regulations pertaining to end-of-program procedures.  The J-1 visa is set apart from all other non-immigrant visa classes by its underlying philosophy of educational and cultural exchange.


By appointment only.

To schedule an appointment with staff, please call ahead: (716) 645-2355

For further information regarding the J-1 Scholar category, contact UB Immigration Services, 1Capen, Phone: 645-2355 or 645-5550.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The University at Buffalo is committed to ensuring equal access to its programs and activities.  The entire notice of non-discrimination can be viewed here:  https://www.buffalo.edu/equity.html


The information contained on this web page is provided as a service to the international faculty, researchers, staff, employees and administrators of University at Buffalo, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax, or other matter. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither the University at Buffalo nor the Office of UB Immigration Services is responsible for any errors or omissions contained on this web page, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.


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