Pre-Arrival for J-1 Exchange Visitors

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Prior to your visa interview, you will need to pay the SEVIS fee. The SEVIS I-901 fee is a separate fee paid to SEVP that supports the Student and Exchange Visitor Program in the Department of Homeland Security.
Click here to see instructions for submitting the SEVIS fee.
The current SEVIS fee for J-1 exchange visitors is $180.00 USD.
Click here for FAQS about the SEVIS fee.
If you are a J-1 exchange visitor you will need to take an original DS-2019, your current passport, and evidence that your SEVIS fee has been paid to the United States embassy or consulate post with jurisdiction over your home country when you go to your visa interview.  Your consulate will also require additional supporting documents, such as a letter of invitation from your academic department, financial documents showing sufficient funding, evidence of residence in your home country which you do not intend to abandon, proof of strong ties to your home country, etc.  Please contact your local US consulate for more specific information on current US visa application requirements and procedures.  Most consulates will provide this information online.
Click here for a list of US consulates.
The US Department of State also offers visa application information and wait times for visa processing.
Click here for visa application information and visa processing wait times.
As soon as you have received your visa and confirmed your travel arrangements, please notify the Office of International Education and your host faculty member.  Your host department will assist you in coordinating your arrival to the University as you begin your felllowship here. 
Whether you intend to live off campus or on the main campus, be sure to make your housing accommodations early!  For more information on apartments in the Mobile area, please use an apartment guide search like Apartment Guide.  Students who have been admitted to the University who are interested in living on campus should contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life.