An Overview of Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Temporary Appointments

An international scholar is normally defined as an alien who holds nonimmigrant status and is engaged temporarily in a scholarly activity, i.e. teaching, conducting research, observing, etc. Temporary appointments are most often covered by one of the several nonimmigrant classifications mentioned below.

The determining factors of which status is most appropriate and advantageous include:

  •  whether the person is to receive compensation of any sort from the university
  • the length of stay
  • the future plans of both the individual and the hiring unit

Visa Options