Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) ANNOUNCEMENT

The ECFMG|FAIMER Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP) continues to provide its services and communicate to relevant stakeholders about new immigration or COVID-19 issues that impact exchange visitor physicians. Review previous COVID-19 communications here. ECFMG|FAIMER remains dedicated to supporting training programs and foreign national physicians through this challenging time.

Applying for Sponsorship

Fees

Please see the table below for a list of U.S. government and ECFMG fees that may be required for participants in ECFMG’s J-1 program. Note that not all fees listed are applicable in all cases and for all applicants. Only the Student and Exchange Visitor Information Systems (SEVIS) fee, J-1 visa application fee, and ECFMG annual application fee are required in every case. Fees are subject to change.

U.S. Government Fees
The following fees apply if you are seeking J-1 status through a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of the United States.
SEVIS Fee $220
J-1 Visa Application Fee $160
Visa Issuance Fee (if applicable) Varies by Country
The following fees apply if you are seeking a change of visa status from a USCIS Regional Service Center in the United States.
SEVIS Fee $220
Change of Status Fee (if applying for a change of status from within the United States) $290
The following fees apply if you are seeking a change in J-1 category through ECFMG and the U.S. Department of State.
SEVIS Fee $220
U.S. Department of State (DoS) Special Appeal Fee
(Required only for applications requiring DoS review: change of category, exceptional extension, sponsorship authorization)
$367
ECFMG Fees
Annual Application Fee $360
ECFMG Fee for Applications Requiring Special Appeal to DoS
(Required only for applications requiring DoS review: change of category, exceptional extension, sponsorship authorization)
$200

Expedited Shipping of Form DS-2019
Once sponsorship is approved, the original Form DS-2019 is mailed to the Training Program Liaison via United States Postal Service (USPS) first-class mail for distribution to the J-1 physician or research scholar.

No expedited shipping labels will be accepted or used for 2021/2022 academic year sponsorship applications. Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, all Forms DS-2019 will be mailed via USPS until further notice.

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