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.
Sponsoring visitors on J-1 visas is a serious responsibility. Many sponsors do not understand their role in ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of each and every visitor. This can lead to problems for their institutions, and even bigger problems for the individual visitors. TIEC has expertise and capacity few institutions can rival. We understand the purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program, the regulatory requirements and framework and have procedures in place to ensure the entire process runs smoothly and efficiently.
As a sponsor, we will take care of every administrative function of the visa application process, and we stick with our hosts and our visitors all the way through until the end of 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:
Short-term Scholar (Max: 6 months)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
1. What is the purpose of a J-1 visa?
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.”
The J Exchange Visitor Program involves five parties:
1) The Department of State (DOS),
2) Exchange Visitor Program Sponsors,
3) Responsible Officers (ROs) and Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs),
4) Exchange Visitors (J-1s & J-2s), and
5) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
2. Who Can TIEC Sponsor?
TIEC has authorization to issue a DS-2019 – Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status, for visitors for the following categories:
Short-term Scholar (Max: 6 months)
3. What are the exact J-1 related services that TIEC can execute?
TIEC’s services include:
Issuing immigration documents for exchange visitors and their dependents
Maintaining the J Exchange Visitors records
Amending program information
Extending their program within the regulations
Transferring, requesting reinstatement
Conducting any other procedures necessary
4.How much does TIEC Charge for J-1 sponsoring?
TIEC charges $495 for its services. This is a one-time fee. No additional fees will be charged except for fees payable to the U.S. government (such as SEVIS I-901 Fee and J-1 visa fee) and for express mail service when requested. TIEC usually sends an invoice to an official to whom the visitor will be responsible at the educational institution. However, the fee may be paid prior to issuance of the DS-2019 by check, money order, or credit card. TIEC can usually process DS-2019s and mail them to the educational institution within one week of receipt of all required information.
5. What happens if my EV changes addresses or if their work description changes while in the United States?
Report any changes in the exchange visitor’s address to TIEC within 10 days of a move. TIEC must update the address in SEVIS within 21 days.
Report immediately to TIEC any changes in the exchange visitor’s program, especially changes related to the source of funding, program length, and research content. Inform TIEC if the exchange visitor is failing to meet program obligations or is otherwise out of status. For more information about maintaining status, please refer to the Maintaining Your Non-Immigrant Status for J-1 Exchange Visitors reference sheet.
6. Are there any other changes that must be reported to TIEC?
Visa Extension: Submit extension requests to TIEC at least one month before the end date of the current DS-2019. There are no extensions for the Short-term Scholar category.
Leaving the Country (temporarily): Submit “Out of Country” requests to TIEC in advance if the exchange visitor will be outside the U.S. during his or her program for more than 30 days.
Leaving the Country (permanently): Notify TIEC immediately if the exchange visitor or any of his or her dependents leave the U.S. permanently before the program end date on the exchange visitor’s DS-2019.
Program Completion: Inform TIEC when visitors complete their program and leave the U.S.
7. Who can we talk to at TIEC about this service?
Angelique Pearson serves as the Responsible Officer (RO) to perform the duties set forth in regulations and to represent the exchange visitor program sponsor. Contact her via email at Angelique@tiec.org.