J-1 scholar status may not be used for tenure-track faculty positions or administrative/staff positions.  It is limited to those who hold temporary, "visiting" academic positions that require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. This status is inappropriate for anyone wishing to pursue US Permanent Residency (Green Card).

Prior to requesting J-1 sponsorship from ISSS, departments should check the Postdoctoral Fellows Office in the Graduate School (Visiting Research Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows) or the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development Office (NTT Faculty) regarding appointments, positions, lengths, and restrictions. be used for tenure-track faculty positions or administrative/staff positions. 

J-1 scholar status is limited to those who hold temporary, "visiting" academic positions that require a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. This status is inappropriate for anyone wishing to pursue US Permanent Residency (Green Card). Prior to requesting J-1 sponsorship from ISSS, departments should check the Postdoctoral Fellows Office in the Graduate School (Visiting Research Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows) or the Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development Office (NTT Faculty) regarding appointments, positions, lengths, and restrictions. 

Limitations

Timeline

Previous J-1 Exchange Visitor (EV) Status

Length of Stay in the US In Previous J-1 Visa Status*

Can begin or return as Professor or Research Scholar

Any EV (J-1) category other than Professor/ Research Scholar

6 months or less

Immediately

Any EV (J-1) category other than Professor/ Research Scholar

More than 6 months

After 12 months from the EV's Program End Date or Effective Date of Completion

Research Scholar / Professor (J-1)

Any time (i.e., 1 month, 1 year etc.)

After 24 months from the EV's Program End Date or Effective Date of Completion

Spouse/dependent (J-2) of any EV category other than Research Scholar/ Professor (J-1)

6 months or less

Immediately

Spouse/dependent (J-2) of any EV category other than Research Scholar/ Professor (J-1)

More than 6 months

After 12 months from the EV's Program End Date or Effective Date of Completion

Spouse/dependent (J-2) of a Research Scholar/ Professor (J-1)

Any time (i.e., 1month, 1 year, etc.)

After 24 months from the EV's Program End Date or Effective Date of Completion