IIE provides FLTA participants with J-1 Visa Sponsorship and placement at a U.S. host institution at a private or public college or university. IIE will issue a SEVIS-generated DS-2019 form to the FLTA. The DS-2019 is required in order for the FLTA to secure a J-1 student visa. The United States government has mandated that an internet-based system be implemented to enable schools and the Department of Homeland Security to exchange information on the immigration and academic status of international students, teachers, scholars and their dependents, nation-wide. This program, called the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is also used by the U.S. government to track arrivals and departures as well as continued enrollment, academic training, on campus employment and other important related activities. IIE is responsible for complying with SEVIS regulations.
Hosting an FLTA is an excellent and economical way to strengthen and expand language department offerings at the U.S. institutions.
All FLTAs can be assigned diverse duties at their host institutions and are not limited to working exclusively in a formal classroom setting. Each institution is free to tailor the program to meet their unique needs. The ability of the teaching assistants to engage their students informally is quite often the key to successful language learning. Institutions often program extracurricular activities into the teaching assistant's work schedules such as sponsoring community/university lectures, hosting social events, and leading conversation groups. Many teaching assistants live in residence halls and/or language houses and engage in other types of informal activities with their students daily.