Office of Global Engagement
International Students and Scholars

This letter (English Language Certification J-1 sample letter) will need to be completed BEFORE any DS‐2019 forms for J‐1 scholars and students can be issued at Brown.

The State Department requires that J‐1 sponsors verify that J‐1 exchange visitors have sufficient English fluency to:

  • Perform their J‐1 activities or complete their academic program.
  • Navigate daily life in the US.
  • Read and comprehend program materials.
  • Understand fully their responsibilities, rights, and protections.
  • Know how to get help if needed.

Options to Verify English Proficiency

  1. A documented interview by Brown's hosting department with the J‐1 exchange visitor, either in person or by videoconference; (sample letter provided [see English Language Certification J-1 above])
  2. A recognized English language test (TOEFL or IELTS) with these minimum scores:
    • TOEFL(paper) - 550

    • TOEFL(internet) - 79

    • TOEFL(computer) - 213

    • IELTS - 6

    • Pearson - 59

Some J-1 Exchange Visitors may be subject to what is known as the (212(e)) two-year home residency requirement.