U.S. Visa

Rice University requires that all undergraduate students conducting research in university laboratories enter the U.S. on a non-immigrant, J-1 EV Non-Degree Undergraduate Student visa. You cannot use the visa waiver program to enter the U.S. to participate in the TOMODACHI STEM @ Rice University program. You will be required to apply for and receive a J-1 visa to be able to participate in this program.

Selected participants will receive detailed information on the J-1 visa application process and documentation required from Rice University and all documentation must be submitted to Rice at least 90 days prior to arrival (by early December).

Required documents include:

  • Certification of English Language Ability by:
    • Passing the CWOVC English Language Interview
    • or
    • Submission of minimum English Language test scores
  • Scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport
  • CV/Resume*
  • Current University Transcript/Grade Report in English*
  • Letter of Support & Verification of Good Academic Standing Letter from University in Japan
  • DS-2019 Request Form: Student
  • J-1 Statement of Understanding Form
  • Rice Visiting Student Researcher Application Form & Application Fee*
  • Proof of Meningococcal Vaccination (only required for students 22 or younger)**

* Submitted with online application

** Immunizations: Students under the age of 22 will be required to provide proof of meningococcal vaccination per Texas State Law for enrollment in the Rice University as a visiting undergraduate research student.

No other immunizations are required to enter the U.S. though we do recommend all regular immunizations should be up to date prior to departure. See the CDC: Health Information for Traveler’s to the U.S. for more details on recommended travel vaccinations.

Visa Application Process & Fees
Participants are individually responsible applying for their J-1 visa through their nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in Japan and students must pay all visa application and SEVIS fees individually. For more information on the process of applying for a non-immigrant, J-1 visa in Japan see the website below:

Exact costs may vary and you should check with the U.S. Embassy website above for the most up to date cost information, but estimated costs for a J-1 visa application include:

  • Visa application costs for J-1 visa (~ $160)
  • SEVIS Fee (~ $180)

Once participants have received their U.S. visas, they will be required to submit a scanned copy of their visa to Rice University prior to arrival.

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