J-1 Funding Requirements

In order to be granted J-1 status, all prospective J-1 Exchange Visitors are required to meet certain minimum financial support requirements to cover expenses while in the U.S. MUSC requires that J-1 Exchange Visitors have a minimum of $1,850 USD per month in funding support, which amounts to $22,200 per year. If the J-1 principal applicant is accompanied by dependent family members, they will be required to provide additional funding support in the amount of $500 per dependent spouse and $300 for each dependent child. See the below chart for minimum funding requirements (in US dollars) for Exchange Visitors and their dependents:

Exchange Visitor (EV)
Per Month: $1,850
Per Year: $22,200

EV & Spouse
Per Month: $2,350
Per Year: $28,200

EV, Spouse, & 1 Child
Per Month: $2,650
Per Year: $31,800

EV, Spouse, & 2 Children
Per Month: $2,950
Per Year: $35,400

EV & 1 Child
Per Month: $2,150
Per Year: $25,800

EV & 2 Children
Per Month: $2,450
Per Year: $29,400 

Before a prospective J-1 Exchange Visitor can be issued a Form DS-2019, MUSC must ensure that the J-1 Exchange Visitor will have sufficient funding to meet the minimum funding requirements. If the funding to be provided by MUSC for the Exchange Visitor Program will meet the minimum financial requirements for the J-1 principal applicant and any dependents, the J-1 applicant does not need to provide additional proof of financial support beyond the official offer letter from MUSC. However, if the J-1 Exchange Visitor is not funded by MUSC, the J-1 applicant must provide proof of funding for the program. This may come in the form of grant award letters or funding from the J-1’s home institution. The J-1 Exchange Visitor can also supplement other funding sources with personal funds. To provide proof of personal funds for financial support, the J-1 applicant must provide a certified copy of a bank statement. All bank statements must be in English and contain amounts in US dollars.

We can only sponsor a J-1 Exchange Visitor Program for a duration in which funding is secure. Even if an Exchange Visitor Program is anticipated to last for a long duration, the program dates on Form DS-2019 will coincide with the dates for which funding is actually available. If an Exchange Visitor will not complete his or her program by the end date on Form DS-2019, the Exchange Visitor’s program will have to be extended once the information to financially support the extension has been received.