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: $1800 for the J-1 + $500 for a J-2 spouse + $300 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
|Category||How to Calculate||Funding Sources/Examples||Documents 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 Visiting Scholar/Student Researcher Stipend Disbursement Overview
|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 or/and stamp, with logo or/and letterhead, any additional details of agreement)|
|Personal Funds||Minimum total funding for length of program: $1800/mo. + $500/mo. spouse + $300/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)