Departments that make offers or invitations to international scholars will request that ISSS issue any necessary documents that you may require in order to obtain a visa to enter the U.S. In general, the type of activity and purpose of the visit will determine what type of visa is required. The decision about the type of visa is primarily the responsibility of the department and ISSS. Visa sponsorship means that Emory has agreed to assist you with the process of obtaining a visa in order to come to the U.S. for either employment at Emory or participation in Emory’s Exchange Visitor program. The most common visa types among Emory scholars are J-1 (Exchange Visitor) and H-1B (Temporary Worker in a Specialty Occupation).
Although a valid passport is always required, U.S. visa policy permits citizens of certain countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa. Citizens of the following countries are not required to apply for a visa:
Bermuda, or citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda
Bahamian nationals or British subjects resident in the Bahamas
British subjects resident in Cayman Islands or Turks and Caicos Islands
Citizens of the Republic of the Marshal Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia
Please note: Only citizens of these countries will not require a visa. Landed immigrants will require a visa to travel to the U.S.