Once you arrive in the United States, you must notify Cultural Vistas within 5 days so that we can validate your visa status and program participation with the U.S. government database (known as SEVIS). Your program can be cancelled  if this information is not received in a timely manner. Please complete your validation by completing this form.
You should visit this link again to re-submit your personal information should there be any changes in your email, phone number, or residential address during your program. This needs to be done within 10 days of the change to remain compliant with J-1 Visa regulations.
You will not be able to apply for a Social Security card if you have not contacted us to provide this information. You should wait 48 hours after submitting this personal information to Cultural Vistas for visa validation and a minimum of 10 days after you arrive in the United States before applying for your Social Security number.

You can find more information about applying for a Social Security Number here.

If you experience issues with this step, please contact us at teach@culturalvistas.org

Personal Information

Why are you submitting this information? *

US Residential Address (no PO Boxes)


Contact Information

Travel Validation

In order to complete your travel validation for travel outside of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, you must send your original DS-2019 to Cultural Vistas at minimum two weeks prior to travel:

1250 H Street, NW
Suite 300
Attn: Caroline Gillam
Washington, DC 20005 *

School Address for Fedex Delivery

We will return your Form DS-2019 with Travel Validation Signature to you via Fedex. Someone will need to sign for this package during the day, so it is recommended you have the package delivered to your school for safe delivery.

Participant Responsibilities

As a participant in the Teach USA program I will comply with the following requirements: 

If you encounter any problems or have any questions regarding your validation, please email teach@culturalvistas.org