Policies and Procedures (J-1)

The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to “promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange” [The Exchange Visitor Program-Welcome Brochure, U.S. Department of State.] Emory hosts between 400-500 J Exchange Visitors each year for temporary programs, offering such opportunities as research, teaching, observation, training, and study.

Exchange Visitors are selected and invited to participate in a temporary Exchange Visitor Program. Scholars who wish to pursue an exchange opportunity will need to contact the department of interest directly to find out if there are any openings. If an invitation or offer is given, the department will request ISSS to issue documents to the exchange visitor for the J visa.

Determining Eligibility for a J-Program

Many factors determine eligibility for participation in the J-1 Exchange Program. The purpose of the visit will determine whether or not the J program is appropriate. Other factors will need to be reviewed to determine eligibility for J Exchange Program sponsorship:

Steps for Obtaining a J-1 Visa Sponsorship From Emory.