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FSIS website under construction
Starting September 20, 2013, we'll be making changes to the format of our website. We ask for your patience as this may be a lengthy process. Contact Signe at signen@hawaii.edu if you have problems with website functionality or navigation.

New I-94 procedure
From April 30, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin implementing a paperless I-94 procedure at U.S. air and sea ports of entry.

EB immigrant visa availability
U.S. Department of State's monthly Visa Bulletin


About the Exchange Visitor Program


The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) is to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. This program allows foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for short periods to engage in educational and cultural exchange activities. 

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) is responsible for the administration and regulation of the EVP. U.S. embassies and consulates abroad are responsible for visa issuance. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for admission and departure requirements and the administration of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), which is a web-based data system that enables EVP sponsors to create and process Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Program (J-1) Status.  All EVP sponsors must enter an exchange visitor’s record in SEVIS and report events required by the EVP regulations.
 
The DOS has designated UH as an EVP sponsor. UH annually sponsors over 400 exchange visitors who are invited to participate as students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, and specialists (see the J-1 Exchange Visitor categories chart) in a variety of temporary programs for specific objectives. After completing their program objectives, exchange visitors are expected to return to their home countries to carry out the exchange of knowledge and skills gained during their programs.


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