Visiting Scholars

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There are four different categories for J-1 scholars. Please read through each of the items below to choose the appropriate J visa category.

Short-Term Scholar Program

Professors, research scholars and other individuals with similar education or accomplishments travel to the United States on a short-term visit for to lecture, observe, consult, train or demonstrate special skills at research institutions, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited academic institutions or similar types of institutions.

  • The maximum duration of stay is six months
  • No program extension will be considered
  • No change of category will be considered

The following links contain a checklist, broken down into paperwork that needs to be completed by the resident professr and paperwork to be completed by the incoming scholar. Please click on the appropriate category for more information:


Student Intern Program

Internship programs are designed to allow foreign college and university students or recent graduates to come to the United States to gain exposure to U.S. culture and to receive hands-on experience in U.S. business practices in their chosen occupational field.

Interns must be foreign nationals who are currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a foreign degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States.

The following links contain a checklist, broken down into paperwork that needs to be completed by the resident professr and paperwork to be completed by the incoming scholar. Please click on the appropriate category for more information:


Professor and Research Scholar Program

The exchange of professors and research scholars promotes the exchange of ideas, research, mutual enrichment and linkages between research and academic institutions in the United States and foreign countries.

Research Scholar

This category is for a foreign national who enters the United States for the primary purpose of conducting research, observing or consulting in connection with research projects at research institutions, corporate research facilities, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions. A research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor. The research scholar or professor’s appointment to a position shall be temporary, even if the position itself is permanent. Incidental lectures or short-term consultations are permitted with the approval of the responsible officer so long as they are directly related to the objectives of the participant's program, and do not delay the exchange program’s completion date.

Professor

The professor category is for a foreign national who enters the United State for the primary purpose of teaching, lecturing, observing or consulting at accredited post-secondary academic institutions, museums, libraries or similar types of institutions. A professor may also conduct research, unless disallowed by the sponsoring organization.

The following links contain a checklist, broken down into paperwork that needs to be completed by the resident professr and paperwork to be completed by the incoming scholar. Please click on the appropriate category for more information:


General Information for J-1 Scholars