J-1 Categories Sponsored By UCI

Prospective Scholars

You must be invited by an UCI academic department or lab who will serve as your host. J-1 visitors at UC Irvine will likely be placed into one of the following categories:

Research Scholar

An individual  primarily  conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project and is also allowed to teach or lecture. The research scholar category:

  • is used for UC Irvine appointments of 3 weeks to 5 years in duration.
  • allows for extensions up to the 5 year maximum.
  • is subject to a 24-month bar on return visits as a J research scholar at the end of the program.
  • may be able to return to the U.S. in a different J category (such as Short-Term Scholar) or in other types of nonimmigrant status such as F-1 student, B-1/ B-2 visitor, H-1B Temporary Worker, or Visa Waiver Program during the 24-month bar period.

Short-Term Scholar

A professor, research scholar, specialist, or a person with similar education or accomplishments coming to the United States on a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills. The short-term category:

  • is appropriate for academic appointments
  • cannot be extended beyond 6 months
  • NOT subject to the 24-month bar on return visits as a J-1 research scholar

Professor

An individual  primarily teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting. J-1 Professors may also participate in departmental research. If the Exchange Visitor will be here primarily to conduct research the Research Scholar category above is more appropriate, even if the individual is a professor in his or her home country. The professor category:

  • is used for UC Irvine academic appointments
  • allows for extensions up to the 5 year maximum.
  • is subject to a 24-month bar on return visits as a J research scholar and professor at the end of the program.
  • may return to the U.S. in J-1 Short-Term Scholar (see above) or in any other visa category such as F-1 student, B-1/ B-2 visitor, H-1B Temporary Worker, or Visa Waiver Program during the 24-month bar period.

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