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J-1 Exchange Visitor Overview

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program promotes cultural and educational exchange between US citizens and foreign nationals. It provides international students and scholars with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the US and then return home to share their experiences.

For a more information on J-1 categories, click to view our J-1 Exchange Visitor Categories & Application Process workshop.


J-1 Research Scholar/Professor  22 C.F.R § 62.4 (e) &  22 C.F.R § 62.4 (f)
  • Limited to a 3 week minimum and 5 year maximum stay to engage in research and/or teaching

  • J-1 Research Scholars/Professors may NOT hold or be candidates for tenure

  • Must have a specific objective sponsored by SBU, such as to conduct research, teach, or consult

  • 12/24-month bars may prevent J-1 Research Scholar/Professor sponsorship of those who have previously held a J visa


J-1 Short-Term Scholar

  • Limited strictly to 6 months; Short-Term Scholars may not extend stay beyond 6 months

  • 12/24-month bars do not apply to J-1 Short-Term Scholars who wish to return in J-1 Professor/Research Scholar category


J-1 Specialist

  • Limited to a maximum stay of 12 months

  • J-1 Specialist is often used for non-teaching staff positions

  • J-1 Specialists may not fill a permanent or long-term position of employment in the U.S.

  • 12-month bar applies to J-1 Specialists who wish to return in the J-1 Professor/Research Scholar category


J-1 Student Intern
 22 C.F.R. § 62.22

  • Limited to a maximum stay of 12 months

  • J-1 Student Intern category is meant to host international students who are currently enrolled and pursuing a degree at a postsecondary academic institution outside the United States and whose U.S. internship will fulfill the educational objectives of his or her current degree program

  • J-1 Student Intern may not fill a permanent or long-term position of employment in the U.S.

  • 12-month bar applies to J-1 Student Interns who wish to return in the J-1 Professor/Research Scholar category

  • For more details on this category, click here.


For more information on the 12 and 24 month bars and Home Residency Requirements,
click here.

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