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This web-site is intended to inform you about the procedures to follow when requesting a DS-2019 to bring a visiting scholar to your department. Please read the entire web-site before proceeding with your request.

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Recent Changes to Visiting Researcher/ Professor J-1 Visa Rules

J-1 visa rules now make it possible to bring visiting researchers or professors to Wright State University for as long as 5 years. Prior to this time, this category of Exchange Visitor was limited to a maximum stay of 3 years. These changes in immigration/visa regulations were accompanied with some other changes which make it critical to keep WSU visiting researchers/professors well informed and careful about making their long term plans. For example, if a WSU Exchange Visitor Program participant were to come here for a year and then return to his/her home-country he/she may be prohibited from returning on the same visa status for 2 years if no provisions/plans had been made for this return to the US prior to his/her departure from the US.

According to the US Dept. of State, an individual who has participated in the Exchange Visitor Program as a Professor or Research Scholar on or after November 18, 2006, becomes subject to the new two-year bar on "repeat participation" in those categories after completing or breaking the continuity of a five-year period of eligibility. Under DOS's interpretation, the two-year bar applies under two circumstances:

1) If the Professor or Research Scholar completes a full five years of program participation with one or more sponsors or...

2) If, before the full five-year period is over, the Professor or Research Scholar "completes" his or her program. In this case, the continuity of the five-year period is broken, the five-year window is "closed," the individual is not eligible to access the remaining unused time, and the individual must wait for two years before beginning a new program as a J-1 Professor or Research Scholar.

Contact information

You can contact us by using the information below.

  • Wright State University
    University Center for International Education
    E190 Student Union
    3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
    Dayton, OH 45435-0001
  • Phone: 937-775-5745
  • Fax: 937-775-5776
  • Hours: 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

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