Effective April 27, 2023, a Department of State (DOS) interim rule will give J-1 sponsors two new options: using digital signature software to sign Certificates of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status (Form DS-2019), and transmitting the form electronically.

DOS said that the sponsor community “has long sought the ability to digitally sign and electronically transmit (e.g., via email) Forms DS-2019, i.e., the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System- (SEVIS-) generated documents that prospective exchange visitors and their spouses and dependents, if any, must present at U.S. embassies or consulates to apply for J visas.”

Comments on the interim rule are due May 30, 2023. 

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