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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 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.

FSIS's holiday schedule
FSIS will close from December 25 and will reopen on January 2.

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

J-1 Exchange Visitors

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 sponsored by U.S. Department of State (DOS)-designated organizations to enter the U.S. for temporary periods to engage in educational and cultural exchange activities.

The DOS has designated UH as an EVP sponsor. Every two years, FSIS applies for redesignation on behalf of UH. UH is not designated as an "umbrella" sponsor, so UH may only sponsor individuals who will be primarily affiliated with UH campuses. The DOS also prohibits program sponsors from using the EVP to place foreign nationals in regular employment positions, whether the employment takes place at a UH campus or elsewhere.

Each year, UH campuses host over 400 exchange visitors to participate in the EVP as students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, and specialists in a variety of temporary programs with specific objectives. After completing their programs, exchange visitors are expected to return to their home countries to carry out the exchange of knowledge and skills gained during their programs.

Sponsoring a New J-1 Exchange Visitor

Extending a J-1 Exchange Visitor's Program

J-2 Dependents

Maintaining J-1 & J-2 Compliance

Living in Hawaii

Ending J-1 Sponsorship

J-1 forms & templates

J-1 frequently asked questions