Exchange Visitors and Scholars

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Exchange Visitors and Scholars

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Loyola Marymount University is designated to serve as Program Sponsor by the U.S. Department of State, thereby enabling us to issue Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility, to prospective Exchange Visitors. 

The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges, thereby strengthening the ties between the nations. The Exchange Visitor (EV) may participate in studies, research, and teaching. They may also receive training in EV categories under student, non-degree student, professor, research scholar, short-term scholar, and specialist, to promote international education and cultural exchange. 

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Please review the program requirements as well as the Faculty Sponsor & Host Department Responsibilities before initiating the sponsorship in MyStatus 

Scholar and Host Department Compliance

Loyola Marymount University undertakes substantial responsibility and liability as an official sponsor of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program as authorized by the U.S. Department of State.  Faculty sponsors/supervisors also assume considerable responsibility and liability when inviting an international scholar to participate in an LMU academic or research program. 

For your reference, we have summarized the main points to keep in mind when issuing a J-1 program invitation to an international scholar.  A complete copy of the federal regulations governing the LMU’s J-1 Program is available on request at the Office for International Students & Scholars.

Failure to comply jeopardizes LMU’s ability to sponsor the J-1 Program and could result in revocation of J-1 status for the participant and the loss of LMU’s J-1 program designation rights.

Please review our Scholar Participation Requirements and Responsibilities document.