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The UW International Faculty and Staff Services (IFSS) Office has put out new regulations for J-1 Visa applications. These new regulations are for English proficiency policy changes. These changes are in effect for J-1 applications after March 1, 2015. This document contains the proficiency requirements and a memo from IFSS dated March 5, 2015.

The application for J-1 visa is called the DS-2019. This application is available on the IFSS web site: DS-2019 Initial Application and Information.

As of March 2015, there is an English proficiency requirement to be submitted as part of the DS-2019.

The proficiency requirement can be met in the following ways:
  1. Copy of diploma from U.S. institution or foreign institution where instruction occurred in English. If diploma/degree is more than 15 years old IFSS may require additional details or documentation to show continuing use of English.
  2. A signed letter from an academic institution or English curriculum school that is internationally recognized that states the prospective visitor’s level of English proficiency. This letter cannot be from the UW-Madison hosting department. Letter must be dated within the last two years, state the scholar’s affiliation with the school, and affirm the visitor achieved at least intermediate skills.
  3. Copy of scores or transcript containing a photo and birthdate from one of the following English language tests taken within the last five years and meeting the stated minimum scores below. No other testing scores or certificates from other centers or English language schools will be accepted.:
    Language Assessment Minimum Score Website
    TOEFL iBT TOEFL Paper—525/ Internet-based—65 total
    with speaking portion scoring no less than 17
    IELTS 6 total - with no portion scored less than 5
  4. J-1 English proficiency interview assessment report (see template linked below) from an interview conducted in English by the hosting faculty member. This can be done in person or by a videoconferencing method such as SKYPE. The host faculty member must be proficient in English. The interview must include the questions listed on the following page. Additionally the interview must also include three questions focusing on the J-1 program content (research work, area of specialization, appointment directives). The interview assessment must be completed in full with no assessment comments or signatures left blank. The scores should be based on the TOEFL independent speak rubric scoring standards. The assessment comments should detail the answer to the questions as well as how the answer relates to their English proficiency. The assessment of this interview must follow the TOEPL Independent Speaking Rubric Scoring Standards. These standards are in the attached pdf, below.

J-1 English Proficiency Interview Assessment Report

TOEPL Independent Speaking Rubric Scoring Standards

Here is the full memo on the J-1 English Proficiency Requirement: J1 English Proficiency Requirement Memo


Please see Lance Potter if you have questions about J-1 Visa applications.

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