Three undergraduate students from the Department of Engineering Physics of the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, contacted me, asking for opportunity to do summer interns in our department. They were recommended by our university to come with J-1 visa. After going through the whole process, I figured out a check list that a foreign student needs to provide to the host institute to initiate the process. Hope it can help foreign students who want to come in the future.
Once all information is collected, the host institute would be able to create the DS-2019 form, where you can get the SEVIS ID and Program Number. You can then use the SEVIS ID and Program Number to schedule visa interview online.
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