J-1 Exchange Visitor Categories
||Duration of Participation
||An individual primarily teaching,
lecturing, observing, or consulting at post-secondary accredited
educational institutions, museums, libraries, & similar types of
institutions. May also conduct research.
Temporary appointment; non-tenure track position.
Participant has not been in the U.S. as a
J-1 EV or J-2 dependent during the 12-month period immediately
preceding the start date of a new EV program, unless the participant:
transferring to the sponsor's program;
- was in the U.S. less than 6
- was in a short-term scholar EV program.
|3 weeks minimum, 5 years maximum.
An EV is barred from repeat participation for 2 years IF he/she:
- Completes 5 full yrs of program participation with 1 or more sponsors; or
- Completes a specific EV program & the SEVIS record becomes inactive before the full 5-year period ends.
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. May also
teach or lecture.
||A professor, research scholar, or
person with similar education or accomplishments coming to the U.S. on
a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting,
training, or demonstrating special skills at research institutions,
museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions,
or similar type of institutions.
||Will participate in seminars,
workshops, conferences, study tours, professional meetings, &/or
similar types of educational & professional activities.
No minimum duration, 6 months maximum. No extensions beyond the 6-month maximum period are allowed.
||Experts in such areas as mass
media communications, environmental science, youth leadership,
international educational exchange, museum exhibitions, labor law,
public administration, library science, & other non-academic
||Individual is an expert in a field of specialized knowledge or skill, he/she
seeks to travel to the U.S. for the purpose of observing, consulting,
or demonstrating his/her special knowledge or skills, AND he/she does not fill a permanent or long-term employment position while in the U.S.
||3 weeks minimum, 1 year maximum. Extensions beyond the 1-year maximum period are allowed only in very limited cases with US Dept of State approval.
||An individual who is engaged full-time in a non-degree "prescribed course of study" conducted by a post-secondary accredited academic institution. Non-degree academic program must have a specific educational objective. Such course of study may include intensive English language training, classroom instruction, research projects, and/or academic training to the extent allowed by Department of State regulations.
During the program, student must meet one of these criteria:
1) Student/program is financed directly or indirectly by: (i) U.S. government, (ii) home country's government, or (iii) international organization of which the U.S. is a member by treaty or statute;
2) Program is pursuant to an agreement between the U.S. government and a foreign government;
3) Program is pursuant to a written agreement between: (i) U.S. and foreign academic institutions, (ii) U.S. academic institution and a foreign government, or (iii) U.S. state or local government and a foreign government;
4) Student is supported substantially by funding from any source other than personal or family funds.
|2 years maximum. Matriculation from non-degree student category to degree student category and vice versa is not allowed.
*Individuals must be sufficiently proficient in the English language to participate in the Exchange Visitor Program.
Source: 22 CFR 62 Department of State Exchange Visitor Regulations