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Immigration Documents

You will need to collect some documents to apply for a SEVIS DS-2019 form from the Pratt Office of International Affairs (OIA). The DS-2019 form from OIA will then allow you to apply for an J-1 student entry visa at your nearest U.S. consulate. 


Step 1: Obtain a bank statement or bank letter in English showing the equivalent of $8,000 USD per semester to support your expenses in the U.S, dated within the past three months. Scan it or take a very clear photo.

Step 2: Scan your passport picture page or take a clear photo. Your passport must always be valid at least six months into the future while you are inside the U.S. 

Step 3: Use your Pratt OneKey to login and fill out the online International Student Form. Select the student classification: “I am a new student who has never attended Pratt.” 

After you complete and submit the form, you will get an email to your Pratt account with a link to your Pratt dashboard. The dashboard will show the documents you should upload. Electronic signatures are acceptable on all documents. Keep copies of all the documents yourself for your visa interview. 

Special note: Our Sources of Funds document shows approximately $80,000 USD for the yearly cost of tuition plus living expenses. Please disregard that $80,000 cost amount, as it is automatically generated by the system for all students. That is the standard yearly estimate for degree seeking students. You are in a special situation as a visiting exchange student and only need to show $8,000 USD on your bank statement. Keep in mind your personal expenses may be higher than that, depending on your choices.

When you upload your documents, be aware the system status will NOT immediately change to “received” and will still show “pending.” Please do not upload your documents multiple times. 

After all of your documents are uploaded, evaluated, and processed, your DS-2019 document will be mailed to you abroad using UPS. Please send your complete shipping address to Kristin at koberhei@pratt.edu so we can prepare the mailing label. When you receive the DS-2019, you will then need to pay a SEVIS I-901 fee and print the receipt. 

Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you will apply for your J-1 student visa, for country-specific instructions on booking your appointment. There is an additional fee for your visa application. Bring your DS-2019 and physical copies of all of your documents to the visa interview. 

You may enter the United States up to 30 days before your DS-2019 program start date. When entering the U.S., you should show your DS-2019 and J-1 visa. At the end of your program, you may stay in the U.S. up to 30 days after the DS-2019 program end date. The 30 days is called your “grace period” after your J-1 status. Please note that you cannot re-enter the US during the grace period after the DS-2019 program end date. 

You will need to attend an immigration check-in meeting before the beginning of the Fall semester. The date will be communicated to you closer to the semester start. 

Health insurance requirement: At the immigration check-in, you will need to show documentation that you have appropriate health insurance to meet the requirements of J-1 status. Your policy must meet the following minimum criteria for coverage in USD for the duration of your exchange program:
Medical Benefits: at least $100,000
Repatriation of Remains: at least $25,000
Medical Evacuation: at least $50,000
Deductible per Accident or Illness: not to exceed $500

 

You have three options for health insurance:
  1. You can enroll in the insurance Pratt offers. It costs about $1,500 for the Fall semester. If you will enroll in Pratt’s insurance, no action is required, enrollment will be automatic.
  2. You can enroll in non-Pratt International Student Insurance, which meets the J-1 visa requirement. Some options include: Patriot Insurance - less expensive; and Student Health Advantage - includes maternity, mental health, organized sports, and more. 
  3. You can carry your own health insurance of your choice, if it has the appropriate coverage listed above. Make sure the policy document has your name on it, the dates of coverage, and states the policy amounts meeting the above requirements. If the policy document is not in English, then please translate the parts yourself that show it meets the health insurance coverage above.
If you choose option 2 or 3, you will need to apply for a waiver of the Pratt health insurance at the beginning of the Fall semester.

You may not be employed in the United States, nor may you work on-campus while you are an exchange student at Pratt. You should avoid any compensation, or activity that should be compensated, while you are an exchange student at Pratt.If you have questions about the immigration document process, please email Kristin Oberheide, Director of OIA, at koberhei@pratt.edu. Please identify yourself as an incoming exchange student.