The Eligibility of J-1 Scholar
The basic requirements to qualify for an exchange visitor (J) visa under immigration law:
Exchange visitor applicants must meet specific requirements to qualify for an exchange visitor (J) visa under immigration law. The consular officer will make the final determination whether an individual qualifies for the visa. All applicants must demonstrate that they properly meet requirements, including, but not limited to, the following:
- That they plan to remain in the U.S. for a temporary, specific, limited period;
- Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the U.S.;
- Evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad; and other binding ties which will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit.
J-1 categories available at UAMS:
Research Scholar: a research scholar is an individual primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project. The research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor. A Research Scholar can’t be in a tenure track position.
- Minimum stay of three weeks required
- Maximum stay of five years
Short-term Scholar: a short-term scholar is an individual coming to the US for a period of up to six months to lecture, observe, consult, and participate in seminars, workshops, conferences, study tours, professional meetings, or similar types of educational and professional activities.
- No minimum stay required
- Maximum stay of six months (NOTE: no extensions beyond six months under any circumstances)