All J-1 Exchange Visitors and J-2 dependents must show sufficient funding to cover the duration of their J program.
At UC Berkeley, the minimum monthly funding requirements are: $1600 for the J-1 + $500 for a J-2 spouse + $200 for each J-2 child.

All funding documents must be:

  • Issued within the past 6 months
  • Converted to U.S. dollars using an online currency converter (attach a printout showing both currency values)
  • Translated into English (include both the original language funding document and the translation)

Acceptable Funding Documentation

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CategoryHow to CalculateFunding Sources/ExamplesDocuments to Verify (Should Include)
Program Sponsor Funds Amount indicated on appointment letter (if total amount not listed, amount by length of program). UC Berkeley salary, grant, honorarium, per diem, stipend, or endowment
Affiliate funding (GTU, ICSI)
Appointment letter (amount, dates, percentage, authorized signature)
For Visiting Scholars, or Visiting Student Researchers, see VSPA Checklist & Disbursements Form
Other Organization Funds Amount listed for program duration
Calculate living expenses only (do not include funding for travel, health insurance or research materials).
Home university salary or paid sabbatical leave
Home country salary, travel grant, etc. (see Employer Funding Letter Template)
Scholarships & fellowships
Official award letter (amount of funding, dates of funding, signature, any additional details of agreement
Personal Funds Minimum total funding for length of program: $1600/mo. + $500/mo. spouse + $200/mo. per child x number of months = total Self-Supported
Sponsor (friends, family)
Personal bank account letter
(with bank logo or letterhead)
Sponsor's Bank Account
(with Guarantee of Financial Support)