J-1 Visa Category

UAF Departments may host or sponsor Department of State Exchange Visitors (J-1 Visa Category)

  • Sponsoring document is a Form DS-2019
  • Has 13 categories of which we are authorized four: student, professor, short term scholar and research scholar – there are different rules for each category
  • J-1 student must come as part of a recognized exchange or be substantially funded by other than personal or family funds
  • J-1 professor/short term scholar/ research scholar may be self supporting but there must be some reason for the University to be sponsoring them to be here
  • The J-1 category will not be used for individuals being hired in benefit-eligible positions as the result of a competitive recruitment, to include post-docs for positions lasting over 6 months.  These are more appropriately sponsored in the H-1B status. 
  • Dependent is a J-2 who is eligible to study full time/enter a degree program, and work with USCIS employment authorization. At no time may the funds of the J-2 be used to support the J-1 (separate checking/saving accounts are advised; cannot buy food or pay utilities, etc) It is the responsibility of the J-2 dependent to file immigration form I-765 (Request for Employment Authorization) with the USCIS Service Center.  Employment cannot begin until after the employment authorization card has been received by the J-2.

J-1 Visa Overview

UAF J-1 Authorization Request Form Instructions

Authorization Request Form - Important: Read all the instructions before completing this!!
J-1 Scholar Checklist

J-1 Insurance Information

J-1 Exchange Visitor Category Descriptions

Professor
An individual primarily teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting at post-secondary accredited educational institutions, museums, libraries, or similar types of institutions. A professor may also conduct research, unless disallowed by the sponsor. (22 CFR 64.2(e))

Research Scholar
An individual primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project at research institutions, corporate research facilities, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions, or similar types of institutions. The research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor. (22 CFR 62.4(f))

Note: For prospective Exchange Visitors who are currently enrolled in a master's degree program at a non-U.S. university, you must complete a statement that details 
1) the specific role at UAF, 
2)
 the specific tasks and activities to be completed during the program, the specific goal/objectives of the program, 
3) the knowledge or skills the Exchange Visitor will gain during the program, and 
4) the method for evaluating/assessing whether the goals and objectives were met.  

The only exception to this policy is for people specifically hired in a research technician or similar position with a clearly defined position description. A clear exchange program objective consistent with the Exchange Visitor Program educational and cultural goals must be shown.  This cannot be used for foreign nationls being hired as a result of a competitive recruitment.  Students who have not completed a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent are not eligible for the Research or Short-term Scholar categories. They may be eligible to participate as a J-1 Student Intern.

Short-Term Scholar
A professor, research scholar, specialist, or a person with similar education or accomplishments coming to the United States on a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills at the research institutions, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions, or similar types of institutions. (Regulation 22 CFR 62.4(b).) Short-term scholars may also participate in collaborative research. Note: for definition purposes only, as UAF is not authorized the Specialist category, a Specialist is an individual who is an expert in a field of specialized knowledge or skill coming to the United States for observing, consulting, or demonstrating special skills. (22 CFR 62.4(g))  

Note: For prospective Exchange Visitors who are currently enrolled in a master's degree program at a non-U.S. university, you must complete a statement that details 
1) the specific role at UAF, 
2)
 the specific tasks and activities to be completed during the program, the specific goal/objectives of the program, 
3) the knowledge or skills the Exchange Visitor will gain during the program, and 
4) the method for evaluating/assessing whether the goals and objectives were met.  

The only exception to this policy is for people specifically hired in a research technician or similar position with a clearly defined position description. Students who have not completed a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent are not eligible for the Research or Short-term Scholar categories. They may be eligible to participate as a J-1 Student Intern.

Student
An individual who is studying in the U.S. enrolled in a full course of study at a secondary accredited educational institution and admitted into in a degree program culminating in a degree or non-degree program with a predetermined educational objective. College and university students are eligible for the Exchange Visitor Program only if at any time during their studies in the U.S. , they meet one of the following four criteria:

  • They or their program are financed directly or indirectly by the U.S. Government, the participant’s home government or an international organization of which the U.S. is a member by treaty or statute;
  • The exchange program is carried out pursuant to an agreement between the U.S. Government and a foreign government;
  • The exchange program is carried out pursuant to a written agreement between:
    • An American and foreign educational institution
    • An American educational institution and a foreign government
    • A U.S. state or local government and a foreign government:
  •  OR The student is supported substantially by funding from other than personal and/or family sources.

J-1 Student Interns

J-1 Exchange Visitor Eligibility, Restrictions, and Other Considerations

Eligibility and Academic Credentials

Restrictions

Export Control Certification

Additional Considerations

Questions or Additional Information

Contact Carol Holz or Joanna Cruzan if you have questions or need additional information.

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