International Scholars

Visa Processing Fees

Successful international applicants will be asked to pay the required non-refundable Center for Asia Pacific Studies visa processing and affiliation fee of $705 prior to the Center submitting a request for a Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 Exchange Visitor Status (Form DS-2019).


J-1 Visa Administrative Fee: $180
Affiliation Fee: $525
Total: $705


Fees must be paid in U.S. dollars and can be in the form of an international money order, cashier's check, or personal check payable to "University of San Francisco."

We are not able to accept wire transfers or payment by Western Union.

Receipt of Payment

Upon receipt of payment and secondary application materials, the Center will submit the DS-2019 request to the International Student and Scholar Services Office for processing. Once issued, the DS-2019 will be mailed directly to the visiting scholar who will then use this document to obtain the necessary visa.

After receipt of the DS-2019 and related materials, applicants are required to pay a one-time U.S. government Homeland Security processing fee of $160. Instructions on how to pay this fee will be sent to applicants with the DS-2019 and may also be found on the website for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Once this fee has been paid, applicants will then contact the local Consulate or Embassy to apply for a J-1 exchange visitor visa. To find the address, phone number, and business hours of the nearest Consulate or Embassy, please visit the U.S. Department of State website. Usually an interview with the American authorities is required to secure the J-1 visa.

Preparing for Travel

Once an invited Visiting Scholar has the visa in hand and travel plans scheduled, they should inform the Center of their arrival dates and schedule an appointment to complete the arrival verification process required by the U.S. government.