An Overview of Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Temporary Appointments

If a foreign national is eligible to be appointed to a specific position at Temple to engage temporarily in a scholarly activity, (i.e. teaching, conducting research, observing, etc.,) the University will serve as "non-immigrant visa sponsor" and will issue appropriate immigration documents for the specific visa type. Read more information about various non-immigrant employment classifications. Once a position/title has been established, departments should contact ISSS at

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 and 
  • the future plans of both the individual and the hiring unit.