Requirements for obtaining the Form DS-2019
To issue the Form DS-2019, the OISS must receive the following supporting documents:
- A letter of invitation, offer, or acknowledgement from the NSU Department that is inviting the scholar.
- Financial Information
OISS must verify the visiting scholar’s funding prior to issuance of the DS-2019; and proof of adequate funding, if it comes from a source other than the NSU Department, must be submitted.
Visiting scholars must submit funding proof of $18,000 for program periods that are longer than one year (programs of less than one year will be prorated).
Visiting scholars may be financially supported by the NSU host department, external agencies, the scholar’s government or home institution, or entirely by the scholar’s personal resources. If the scholar is not supported by NSU, he/she must show the amount indicated above.
If applicable, visiting scholars bringing family members must show additional funding support of $6,000 for a spouse and $4,000 for each child (these amounts will be prorated for programs of less than one year).
- A copy of Visiting Scholar’s C.V. or résumé.
Biographical information about the scholar’s spouse and children is necessary if the ends to accompany the visiting scholar to the U.S. Birth date, city and country of birth and relationship to the scholar are required.
- Proof of Medical Insurance
All exchange visitors (J-1) are required to have and maintain adequate health insurance, which includes coverage for repatriation and medical evacuation, for themselves and any accompanying family members (J-2) as a condition of their legal status in the U.S. To comply with this federal regulation, NSU requires that all persons in J status to document their insurance coverage as follows:
Medical Benefits: $100,000
Repatriation of Remains: $25,000
Medical Evacuation: $50,000
Deductible (per accident or illness): $500
- Proof of English Proficiency
Visiting Scholars whose native or official language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency in order to obtain a Form DS-2019.
The following standardized tests currently satisfy the English language proficiency requirements for the majority of NSU's colleges, schools and centers: