The Department of State has recently announced a change to the DS-2019 form requirements, allowing designated Sponsors for the Exchange Visitor Program to digitally sign and electronically transmit the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status, effective 27 April 2023. This change is expected to improve efficiencies for Exchange Program Sponsors, streamline Department of State Exchange Visitor visa processing, and reduce costs associated with courier fees and supply chain issues.
‘The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the publication of an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register on March 28, 2023, that permits designated sponsors for the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) to digitally sign and electronically transmit the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (J-Nonimmigrant) (Form DS-2019), effective April 27, 2023. The new regulation will reduce costs, improve efficiencies for Exchange Program Sponsors and streamline Department of State Exchange Visitor visa processing.’
Historically, DS-2019 forms had to be signed on paper and sent by courier post to prospective exchange visitors or their sending agency in their home country, often resulting in delays and increased costs. With the ability to electronically sign and send the form, time and cost concerns are expected to be significantly reduced, allowing for more efficient operational procedures and minimising errors.