J-1 Exchange Visitors in the Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, Specialist, or Student Intern category must have sufficient finances to support themselves and any J-2 dependents for their entire stay in the United States. Funding must cover the costs of the program, fees, housing and living expenses, and mandatory health insurance coverage.
The actual costs of your program, and for living in Oregon, may be higher than what is required for document issuance purposes. The minimum amount of funding that is considered sufficient for support at Oregon State University for each month of the scholar's program is:
$1,750 / month scholar
+$1,300 / month first dependent
+ $500 / month each additional dependent
Documentation of funding may be:
Copies or faxes of the documents are acceptable for the OSU application (original documents may be needed for visa processing by the US Consulate).
Scholars funded by OSU funding do not need to provide documentation to the Office of International Services, but will need to provide the original OSU funding documentation at their visa interview at the US Consulate abroad.
The figures listed below are estimates and used for budgeting purposes only based on the Living Wage Calculation for Corvallis, OR.
|Expense||1 month/ 12 months||Comment|
OIS Application Processing Fee (paid by OSU department or scholar): $500
Mailing Fee: ~$65+
I-901 Fee: $220
DS-160 Visa Fee: $160
|OSU ID Card||$30||For Associate or Affiliate appointments.|
|This amount is an average figure based on one to two bedroom off-campus housing.|
|Food||$297/$3,573||Estimate for one person.|
|Transportation, Miscellaneous and Personal||$598/$7,182||This is an estimate of what you might spend on transportation, cell phone, personal items, and recreation.|
|Required Health Insurance||Amount varies greatly depending on provider $226/$2,712||Cost of health insurance may vary by provider and length of coverage. The Department of State (DOS) requires that ALL J-1 Exchange Visitors have medical insurance in effect for themselves and any dependents in J-visa status for the duration of their stay in the United States.|
|Taxes||15%-30%||Tax witholding on U.S. income or stipend.|
|Child Care||$557/$6,687||For each child. Contact OSU Family Resource Center for more informaton.|
Additional costs you may need to budget for depending on your program/situation are bench mark fees, visa/immigration application fees, tuition, conferences, professional development, additional dependent costs, travel, and other costs. These costs vary by program, sponsor, and scholar. Check with your sponsoring department about additional fees.