J-1 Student Categories
The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa status has many different categories. Below you will find the most commonly used Exchange Visitor Categories at JHU for students as well as a brief description of each category. You can easily find your Exchange Visitor Category by referring to section 4 on your DS-2019 document.
J-1 Student [Degree Seeking]
A student admitted to a full-time degree-seeking program. Certain international students admitted to eligible degree programs within the Johns Hopkins University will be issued DS-2019 Certificates of Eligibility for J-1 student status if the student is financially sponsored by a government or international organization that requires the student to be in J-1 status. J-1 students must receive a substantial portion of their funding from a source other than personal or family funds.
- A minimum stay of three weeks is required.
- There is no maximum duration of stay so long as the student is making progress towards the educational objective.
J-1 Student [Non-Degree]
A student admitted to JHU as a visiting graduate or undergraduate student or through an established exchange program. J-1 non-degree students must receive a substantial portion of their funding from a source other than personal or family funds or attend JHU pursuant to an exchange agreement.