What is a J-1 Scholar?
A J-1 Scholar is a visiting researcher, professor, or specialist from a country outside of the United States who has been approved to enter the United States for a specific purpose and for a limited amount of time. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) for the express purpose of promoting international educational exchange of expertise and stimulating collaborative teaching and research efforts. Exchange is truly at the core of the program and based on this philosophy and directive.
Important Note about USM Participation
In order to be eligible to use the J-1 program at USM scholars must have a connection with a USM faculty member or department, or be affiliated with a current exchange/partner institution or working on developing an institutional relationship.
Important Characteristics of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
- Permanent or tenure-track positions are prohibited for J-1 Exchange Visitors.
- Throughout their stay, J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents must have health insurance that meets U.S. Department of State requirements.
- The Exchange Visitor must have sufficient English language proficiency to have a productive experience both academically and culturally.
- The Exchange Visitor and their dependents must have proof of sufficient funding for the duration of their stay.
- The Exchange Visitor must participate in cross cultural activities which can be documented at the end of their stay.
Understanding the J-1 Exchange Visitor Categories
As the J-1 scholar it is important to understand the limitations of the virous categories including future bars that will be applied upon completion of the program.
212(e): J-1 2-year Home Residency Requirement
Some exchange visitors will be subject to 212(e) also known as the 2 year Home Residency Requirement. It is important to understand that this is different from the 24 month bar on repeat participation. If you will be visiting the US on a J-1 visa it is important to understand the possible implications of being subject to 212e before obtaining your visa.