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: $2000 for the J-1 + $600 for a J-2 spouse + $400 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 VSPA's Stipend User Guide.
|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
Reimbursements are NOT accepted.
Official award letter with the following:
|Personal Funds||Minimum total funding for length of program: $2000/mo. + $600/mo. spouse + $400/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)