Who should get a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa?
This classification is appropriate for most research scholars who are coming temporarily to the United States and expect to return home.
Who sponsors this kind of international scholar?
Saint Louis University has been approved by the U.S. State Department to serve as the visa sponsor for J-1 visitors. Other organizations -- the Institute for International Education, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization and the Agency for International Development — may also serve as the J-1 visa sponsor for SLU international scholars. If another organization sponsors the scholar, he or she still should check in with the Office of International Services (OIS) upon their arrival.
Who qualifies as a J-1 Exchange Visitor?
How does an international scholar secure a J-1 visa?
How do I maintain a J status?
Upon arriving in the U.S., an exchange visitor must check in with the OIS as soon as possible so that we can validate your J-1 program in SEVIS. Once you have checked in, you must engage in the appropriate activities of your program (professor should be teaching, research scholar should engage in research project, etc.). A requirement of the J-1 and J-2 visa status is that each individual must prove insurance coverage. For more information on the requirements for the insurance coverage, click here. If you choose to wait until your arrival in the U.S. to purchase insurance, you should purchase a supplemental policy that will provide coverage until that policy takes effect. Saint Louis University has made arrangements with Lockton Companies for one such policy. Since the J-1 is an "exchange program", an important component of their stay is to participate in cultural activities throughout the University. J-1 Visitors should be encouraged to participate in University-wide activities that increase their understanding of U.S. culture. Finally J1 visitors must notify the OIS within 10 days of moving.
To request the DS-2019 for a visiting international scholar, the hiring department should complete the J-1 Department Request Form. The prospective J-1 scholar should complete the New J-1 Scholar Information Sheet. Both forms should be returned to OIS.
Where can I find additional information?
We have a J1 handbook available for both sponsoring departments and for J1 visitors. It may be found here.