Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)

Eligibility and Basic Requirements of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

All initial applicants for ECFMG J-1 sponsorship are advised that sponsorship eligibility should not be presumed and cannot be determined until a complete review of an individual’s U.S. visa history has been conducted. The DoS has expressed concern about individuals with a history of “transiting non-immigrant visa types” and has advised ECFMG against sponsoring individuals who previously held J status and switched to an alternate visa classification or J category before applying to ECFMG. Therefore, any history of multiple changes in visa classification and/or movement between multiple J categories may negate sponsorship eligibility.

ECFMG-sponsored physicians must accept the following basic requirements of J-1 visa status:

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