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TIEC’s services include:

  • Issuing immigration documents for exchange visitors and their dependents

  • Maintaining the J Exchange Visitors records

  • Amending program information

  • Authorizing employment

  • Extending their program within the regulations

  • Transferring, requesting reinstatement

  • Conducting any other procedures necessary

TIEC’s J Visa Services

Since 1990, the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC) has sponsored Exchange Visitors and their dependents on J-Visas for study, work, and research at higher-education host institutions throughout Texas and beyond.


The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is an excellent way for institutions to invite international scholars to come to Texas to teach, conduct research or study.  The overall purpose and the objective of the Exchange Visitor classification is “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of education and cultural exchanges.”  

Sponsoring visitors on J-1 visas is a serious responsibility. Our President, Ms. Robin Lerner, previously served as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In this capacity, she oversaw the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program, giving TIEC expertise and capacity few institutions can rival. With nearly 30 years experience sponsoring Exchange Visitors, we understand the purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program, the regulatory requirements, and have procedures in place to ensure the entire process runs smoothly and efficiently.

As sponsor, we will take care of every administrative function of the visa application process, and we stick with our hosts and our visitors throughout their programs. As a sponsor for many hosting institutions, we have the capacity to provide professional resources for our hosts and our exchange visitors and to keep everyone on track and in compliance.

TIEC has authorization to issue a DS-2019 – Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, for visitors for the following categories:

  • Professor

  • Research Scholar

  • Short-term Scholar (Max: 6 months)

  • Student Associate

  • Student Bachelors

  • Student Doctorate

  • Student Intern

  • Student Masters

  • Student Non-Degree