J-1 Categories Handled by IFSS J-1 Research Scholar J-1 Professor J-1 Short-Term Scholar Non J-1 alternatives to J-1 Short-Term Scholar Status J-1 Specialist J-2 Dependents Work Study Today’s Topics
Must be appointed to either an Academic Staff or Employee-in-Training title Can hold either paid or unpaid appointments Minimum Educational Attainment: Bachelor’s Degree Cannot be enrolled as a degree seeking student at UW-Madison May or may not be subject to the Two-Year Home Residency Requirement Subject to mandatory J-1 health insurance requirements Features Common Among All Four J-1 Categories
Most commonly used J-1 category Purpose: For J-1 Exchange Visitors engaging primarily in research Minimum Program Length: 3 Weeks Maximum Program Length: 5 Years Subject to the 24 Month Bar on Repeat Participation Have the option to switch to the J-1 Professor category J-1 Research Scholars
Purpose: For J-1 Exchange Visitors engaged primarily in lecturing Minimum Program Length: 3 Weeks Maximum Program Length: 5 Years Subject to the 24 Month Bar on Repeat Participation Have the option to switch to the J-1 Research Scholar category J-1 Professors
Purpose: For short-term J-1 Exchange Visitors engaging in either research or lecturing Minimum Program Length: 1 Day Maximum Program Length: 6 Months Is not subject to the 24 Month Bar on Repeat Participation Not eligible to receive a Driver’s License J-1 Short-Term Scholars
Length of stay determined by purpose of the visit Typically, no longer than 6 months Invitation letter need from department hosting the visitor Cannot be an employee of the university Cannot be paid a salary Travel expenses can be reimbursed Can receive an Honorarium Alternatives to the J-1 Short-Term Scholar Category: B Visa Status
Allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa for trips of 90 days or less. There are currently 37 participating countries37 participating countries Participants cannot be paid a salary or take classes in the U.S. Travel expenses can be reimbursed Can receive an Honorarium Must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) Alternatives to the J-1 Short-Term Scholar Category: Visa Waiver Program
Purpose: For highly specialized J-1 Exchange Visitors whose purpose is not served by any other J-1 categories In practice, this has been interpreted that a J-1 Specialist can only be granted if there is no one else in the U.S. qualified in their field of study Maximum Program Length: 1 year In rare cases, a J-1 Specialist can obtain an additional year’s extension Application of 24 Month Bar is dependent upon length of stay J-1 Specialists
The Department of State narrowly defines who can hold J-2 dependent status: Legally wed spouse of a J-1 Exchange Visitor An unmarried child, under the age of 21, of a J-1 Exchange Visitor J-2 Dependents are derivatively subject to many of the same regulations & restrictions as the J-1 Two-Year Home Residency Requirement 24 Month Bar on Repeat Participation Must be compliant with mandatory health insurance requirements J-2 Dependents
J-2 Dependents are allowed to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (E.A.D. Card) Can only apply after they have arrived in the U.S. Takes approximately 90 days to obtain Must show proof that purpose of work is primarily for the J-2’s benefit IFSS requires all J-2 dependents working with the university, whether paid or unpaid, to obtain an E.A.D. Card If a J-2 dependent is receiving outside funding for work being done at UW-Madison, they must change to J-1 immigration status J-2 Dependents: Work
J-2 Dependents are allowed to enroll in class and seek a degree while in the United States Please note: A J-2 dependent’s status is only valid for as long as the J-1’s status is J-2 must be sure that they will complete their study before the end of their J-1’s program IFSS will not extend a J-1 exchange visitor’s program so a J-2 dependent can obtain their degree J-2 Dependents: Study
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