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 as a J-1 scholar, you must:
- have an approved academic position or affiliation with NYU;
- demonstrate appropriate English language proficiency;
- show proof of financial support (at least $2,000/month, plus additional funds to support any dependents);
- maintain health insurance which meets the minimum federal requirements during the entire J-1 period of time of stay; and,
- not be appointed to a tenure or tenure-track position (consult with Scholar Services about H-1B status)
There are certain restrictions that may make you ineligible for the Research Scholar or Professor J-1 category.
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.