Visiting International Scholars

J-1 Exchange Visitors Program

Immigration status is about intent. International visitors to Utah State University engaged in consultation, observation, research, training, or demonstration of special skills should participate in the U.S. Department of State Exchange Visitor Program and be present on a J-1 visa. We are the primary administrative unit on campus for the J-1 Exchange Visitors Program.

Note: The U.S. Department of State prohibits hands-on interaction for exchange visitors’ programs in regards to patients, children, elderly, and animals. Please contact the Office of Global Engagement at 435-797-1124 or email us for more information about these restrictions.

A J-1 visa is not required if visitors are coming to familiarize themselves with the campus, facilities, and program offerings or for meetings related to the development and implementation of partnership activities.

Email us for assistance with the visiting scholar process. Call 435-797-1124 to make an appointment.

Workshop recording: "Hosting an International Visiting Scholar - What Faculty and Department Heads Need to Know"

Visa Comparison

1

Is this a tenure-track position? Does the position have an academic employee title?

If yes, contact HR about the H-1B visa. 

If not, see step 2.
2

Is there a possibility this will become a long-term position?

If yes, contact HR about the H-1B visa.

If not, see step 3.
3

Is this a specialty occupation requiring special academic/employment training? Is this a mid-senior level research position?

If yes, please see step 4. 

If not, contact Global Engagement about the J-1 visa option.
4

Has the desired candidate been in the U.S.A. on a J visa before?

If yes, see step 5.

If unsure or if not, contact HR about the H-1B visa.
5

Are they subject to the 212(e) restriction?

If yes, see step step 6. 

If unsure or if not, contact HR about the H-1B visa.
6

Have they applied for a waiver of the 212(e) restriction?

If yes, contact HR about the H-1B visa.

If not, they are not eligible for H-1B. Contact Global Engagement about the J-1 visa option.

Professor/Research Scholar Eligibility

1

The exchange visitor must not be a candidate for a tenure track position.

2

The exchange visitor has not been physically present in the United States on a J-1/J-2 visa for a 12-month period immediately before the program start date unless:

  • The exchange visitor is transferring from another J-1 visa program in the same category
OR

  • The exchange visitor's program in the United States was less than 6 months in length
OR

  • The exchange visitor's presence in the United States was pursuant to a short-term scholar exchange activity.
3

An exchange visitor is not eligible for participation as a Professor or Research Scholar for a period of two years following the program end date identified in SEVIS if he or she:

  • Previously participated in a Professor or Research Scholar program
AND
  • Completed his or her program