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J-1 Categories Tuesday April 30 th, 2013.   J-1 Categories Handled by IFSS  J-1 Research Scholar  J-1 Professor  J-1 Short-Term Scholar  Non J-1.

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1 J-1 Categories Tuesday April 30 th, 2013

2   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

3   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

4   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

5   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

6   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

7   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

8   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

9   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

10   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

11   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

12   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

13   Contact Information:  Kim Maday: Program Coordinator    Ryan Redmer: Assistant Program Coordinator    Nat Olson: Student Assistant  Contact Us!


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