J-1 Exchange Visitor
The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is to promote international educational and cultural exchange, in order to develop mutual understanding between the people of the US and other countries. Scholar Services sponsors J-1 Exchange Visitors participating in academic research, teaching and consulting at NYU. The J-1 is often used for scholars with official appointments such as visiting faculty, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars, as well as other temporary academic appointments. For more information on the Exchange Visitor Program, please visit the Department of State website.
NYU sponsors foreign nationals for J-1 Exchange Visitor visas in the following categories: Professor, Research Scholar, Specialist, and Short-term Scholar.
Categories and Maximum Length of Stay
The total length of an exchange visitor’s authorized stay in the US depends on the category listed in Section 4 of the DS-2019. For transfers, please note that the maximum length of stay includes any previous, consecutive time spent at another institution.
Who qualifies for J-1?
In order to qualify for NYU sponsorship in the J-1 scholar categories (Professor, Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, Specialist), you must:
- have an approved temporary (not tenure/not -tenure-track) academic position or affiliation with NYU;
- demonstrate appropriate English language proficiency;
- show proof of financial support;
- have appropriate academic qualifications (generally at least a Master's degree, or a Bachelor's plus equivalent experience).
There are certain restrictions that may make you ineligible for the Research Scholar or Professor J-1 category if you have held J status in the past.
J-1 Student Interns have numerous and specific eligibility requirements; refer to the Student Intern page for complete details.
Request J-1 Sponsorship
How to request J-1 Sponsorship?
Although the Scholar Services will gladly answer any questions that you may have regarding the J-1 visa, all sponsorship requests must be made by an established liaison with an academic department. Once the request process has been initiated by the academic department, Scholar Services will follow up with further instructions and information.
If you are already affiliated with an academic department, please ask your sponsoring faculty member to put you in touch with the OGS liaison.
If you are not yet affiliated with an academic department, please reach out to the appropriate department and ask about opportunities they may have for visiting scholars.