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Office of International Programs

Exchange Visitors Program

The U.S. Department of State administers the Exchange Visitor Program under the provisions of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The Act promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange Visitor Program provides foreign nationals opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States with the expectation that on completion of their exchange program, they will return home to share their experiences.

The U.S. Department of State designated Minot State University as the program sponsor for Exchange Visitor Program No.P-1-11097 since 2007. Under this program, MSU is allowed to issue a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form DS-2019 “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” to enable foreign visitors who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for a J-1 visa and subsequently enter the United States.


Page last updated  July 30, 2015