J-1 Categories for Scholars

  Researcher Professor Short-Term Scholar Specialist
Length of Stay Minimum stay is three weeks up to five years
Once they leave the University, a researcher may not come back on a J visa as a researcher or professor for two years. They may come back in other J categories
Minimum stay is three weeks up to five years
Once they leave the University, a professor may not come back on a J visa as a researcher or professor for two years. They may come back in other J categories.
May stay up to six months. There are no extensions beyond six months. May stay up to one year
Purpose To do research
The researcher and professor category may change back and forth.
However, The International Center must be notified of their current activities so the visitor’s DS-2019 may be updated.
To teach
To be classified as a professor, the exchange visitor must do some teaching at the U of U.
The professor and researcher category may change back and forth.
However, The International Center must be notified of their current activities so the visitor’s DS-2019 may be updated.
To lecture, observe, consult, and participate in seminars, conferences, or similar types of educational and professional activities. Experts in a field of specialized knowledge or skills who visits the U.S. for the purpose of observing, consulting or demonstrating their special skills.