Uploading Documents (J-1 students)

In order to get your J-1 visa, you will need an DS-2019 "Certificate of Eligibility" from OISS. This document shows that OISS has verified that you are an invited student and meet the financial requirements to receive a student visa.
You will need to upload:
  1. Your Passport Personal Page
  2. Your completedConfindential Financial Statement (CFS) and supporting documents.
  3. J-1 Student Acknowledgment Form
You will need also to provide your eShipGlobal number which confirms payment of shipping costs (see below for more about eShipGlobal)

If you are bringing any dependents (spouse or children), you must also provide:
  1. Your marriage certificate (for your spouse) or birth certificate (for each child)
  2. Your dependent's Passport Personal Page
  3. You must also enter their information here: International Students & Scholars Database

How to Complete the OISS Confidential Financial Statement (CFS)

  • If you are will be covering your expenses using your own money or funds from family or private sponsor: Submit the CFS along with statements from the bank or financial institution that show funds available. If the account holder is not the student--if you are receiving support from family, friends, or private sponsors--the person named on the account must complete and sign the CFS form under “Sponsor Funds.”
  • If a government or other agency (such as CONACYT) will be covering your expenses during the first year: Submit the CFS along with a copy of your award letter. 
  • If UCSB (academic department, EAP, etc.) will be covering your expenses during the first year: Submit the CFS along with a copy of your award letter. 
When it is time to use Portal to send your documents to OISS, you will need to upload electronic copies of:
  1. Passport personal information page (includes name, date of birth, passport number, and expiration date)
  2. Confidential Financial Statement (CFS)
  3. Supporting documentation requested on CFS

Questions? We have answered some common questions about the Document Upload System and getting your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)? here.

Are you OUTSIDE the U.S.? You need eShipGlobal!Envelope

Students outside the U.S. requesting visa documents from OISS are required to pay for International Express Mailing using UEMS eShipGlobal so that OISS can mail your completed document to you. eShipGlobal is an express mail service that will allow you to receive your immigration document via Federal Express (FedEx) or DHL in 3-5 days.
You will be asked to provide your 9-digit eShipGlobal number (proof that you have paid for shipping) when you upload your documents. Failure to pay for shipping will cause delay in receiving yourI-20. You will need to pay for this with a credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover cards only) and will be charged upon requesting this service. You must use eShipGlobal so OISS can mail your documents to you. DO NOT use the FedEx or DHL websites directly.

UEMSeShipGlobalUsing eShipGlobal
To request express mailing of your documents, go to the https://study.eshipglobal.com (works best with Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox browsers): 

  1. Create a username and password for your account. To order the express mailing you will need:
    • your UCSB Perm number,
    • mailing address (a P.O. Box is NOT permitted),
    • email address, phone number and credit card information.
      • eShipGlobal will notify OISS of your express mail request with a waybill filled out with your mailing information
  • If you have any difficulties please use the “HELP” link on the site for step by step instructions or email your questions directly to: support@eshipglobal.com.

Using the International Student Portal

You will receive an email from OISS-Portal-Admin with a link to the Portal. This email will include your username.
The first time you visit Portal, you will need to register and create a password.You must list your last name as it is listed in the invitation email. This is the way it is listed in your immigration record.

The International Student Portal is here: https://studentvisa.sa.ucsb.edu/


  • Use at least one Uppercase, one Lowercase, and one Numeral.
  • Use at least one of these special characters ! @ # $ % * ( ) - + = , < > : " ' .
  • Password must be at least 8 characters long.

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