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J-1 General Process Timeline

Below is a general timeline for the initial J-1 Exchange Visitor (EV) visa process.  This process requires the coordination of the exchange visitor, the OIS, the sponsoring Hopkins department and the U.S. Consulate.  There are numerous factors that could cause the process to take longer than expected so please keep in mind that the times given below are estimates.  

J-1 Internal Request Process

For a detailed description of the internal J-1 request process that preceeds the timeline above, see the J-1 process flowchart.  


If you have questions about sponsorship of a J-1 Exchange Visitor, please contact the OIS at