Letter Request

Exchange Visitor Services (EVS) can provide letters to verify J status, verify standard UF expenses, or to invite family members to the U.S. We also provide a graduation-specific invitation.

To request a letter, please email to evs@ufic.ufl.edu your information (allow 3-5 business days to process).

Form DS-2019 Amendment Request

J-1 students must review the information below and email their EVS advisor to request a change to their program and Form DS-2019.



DS-2019 Extension Request

Students who are unable to complete their degree requirements before the program end date printed on their Form DS-2019 may request an extension.

The request must be submitted emailed to the advisor at least 30 days before the current program end date, by emailing your EVS Advisor. Any J-2 dependents automatically receive an extension at the same time.


  • Student has maintained valid J-1 status.
  • The extension is supported by “compelling academic or medical reasons.”
  • The extension request is submitted within a 90-day period before the current program end date.
  • The extension request is for no more than 12 months.
    • If additional time is needed, another extension request may be submitted in the future.

Required Documents

  • Proof of funding for extension period


Students who need a reprinted Form DS-2019 for themselves or any J-2 dependents. Any J-2 dependents automatically receive a reprint at the same time.

Reasons for reprinting a Form DS-2019 may be to receive a new travel signature, or replace one that has been damaged, lost, or stolen.

NOTE: For travel signatures, please drop off the current Form DS-2019(s) at the EVS office if possible.

Update Financial Information

Students are required to report any changes to their funding, including the amount and source(s).

Required Documents

  • Letter or other official document verifying change of funding

Add a New Dependent

Students may add a spouse or unmarried children under age 21 as a J-2 dependent, allowing them to stay with the J-1 exchange visitor m in the U.S. Please, email your EVS advisor the required documents listed below.

Required Documents

  • EV Dependent Request Form
  • Scan of valid passport’s bio data page (per dependent)
  • Proof of payment EVS processing fee
  • Proof of sufficient additional funding (see below)
  • Proof of appropriate health insurance
    • Coverage for each J-2 dependent must begin the date their application is submitted, not the date they intend to arrive in the U.S.
    • This means the student must purchase health insurance for time when the J-2 dependents are outside the U.S.

Remove a Dependent

If any J-2 dependents voluntarily end or legally become ineligible for J-2 status, their Form DS-2019 must be canceled. Please email these requests as soon as possible. Please do email your EVS advisor to request a dependent removal.

Potential reasons to remove a J-2 dependent:

  • J-2 dependent will leave the U.S. with no intent to return during the J-1 program
  • J-2 dependent was approved to change from J-2 to another U.S. visa status
  • J-2 dependent child turns 21
  • J-2 dependent child marriesy
  • J-2 dependent spouse and J-1 exchange visitor divorce

Required Documents

  • J-2 dependent’s exit flight itinerary or boarding pass