In October, the United States Department of State published a substantial change to J-regulations with the intention of better protecting program participants. Since then, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) has met with HR Academic Managers and posted changes to HR Update and Currents with the hopes of reaching HR generalists and departments. In this posting, the ISSO highlights the new English language proficiency requirement.

Beginning Jan. 5, 2015, departments, in coordination with Principal Investigators, will be responsible for submitting the new "Certification of English Language Proficiency Form" with their HR Service Request System (SRS) tickets for all J-1 visa requests. Failure to submit the new form will result in a processing delay. Details regarding the U.S. Department of State requirement and other regulatory changes are available here.

Please contact your ISSO adviser with questions.