Exchange Student English Verification Form

Federal Regulations governing the US Department of State J-visa program require verification that all participants in the J visa program provide documentation of English language proficiency sufficient to perform their jobs or complete their academic programs. A university official from your home institution must provide verification of proficiency by completing The Exchange Student English Verification Form which must be uploaded to your online application.

English proficiency can be verified by submission of one of the following:

  • A copy of a passport indicating citizenship in a country where English is an official language
  • A transcript showing attendance at a university in a country where English is an official language
  • A copy of test scores of any of the following official tests of English language competence:
    • IELTS: 6.0 overall
    • MELAB: 77
    • TOEFL iBT: 80
    • TOEFL PBT: 550
    • Verbal GRE (scores from tests taken before 1 August 2011): 320
    • Verbal GRE (scores from tests taken 1 August 2011 onward): 140
  • A live in-person, or SKYPE or similar interview conducted by the partner university staff and the interested student to verify English proficiency sufficient to complete their academic program, to navigate daily life in the United States, to read and comprehend program materials, and to know how to obtain assistance, if necessary.

*Please note ALL exchange students must provide a copy of their passport and transcripts from their home institution regardless of which option they select to verify English language proficiency. If you do choose option 3, you will need to provide a copy of tests scores in your online application, in addition to the form and other application materials.