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Exchange Visitor Program J-1


The following J-1 Exchange Visitor Categories are authorized by the Department of State for East Carolina University:

Student – An individual who is:

(1) Studying in the United States:
 
(i) Pursuing a full course of study at a secondary accredited institution;
(ii) Pursing a full course of study leading to or culminating in the award of a U.S. degree from a post-secondary accredited   educational institution; or
(iii) Engaged full-time in a prescribed course of study of up to 24 months duration conducted by:
(A) A post-secondary accredited educational
 

    institution; or

(B) an institute approved by or acceptable to the post-secondary accredited educational institution where the student is to be enrolled upon completion of the non-degree program;
(2) Engaged in academic training as permitted in § 62.23(f); or

(3) Engaged in English language training at:
 
(i) A post-secondary accredited educational institution, or
(ii) An institute approved by or acceptable to the post-secondary accredited educational institution where the college or university student is to be enrolled upon completion of the language training.

Professor – An individual primarily teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting at post-secondary accredited educational institutions, museums, libraries, or similar types of institutions. A professor may also conduct research, unless disallowed by the sponsor.

Research Scholar – An individual primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project at research institutions, corporate research facilities, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions, or similar types of institutions. The research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor.

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 at research institutions, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions, or similar types of institutions.

Specialist – An individual who is an expert in a field of specialized knowledge or skill coming to the United States for observing, consulting, or demonstrating special skills.

(Source: NASFA Manual)

J-1 Exchange Visitor Application Process


To help us prepare the necessary documents, we will need the following items from the hiring department:
 
  • An Application for a form DS-2019 with signatures from the Department Chair and Dean
  • A copy of the contract letter or exchange agreement
  • Financial documentation to support the position.

Upon receipt of these items, the DS-2019 Form will be prepared within 3 – 5 days. When the document is ready, we will contact the department to pick up the form and mail it to the incoming Research Scholar.

The University’s success in obtaining approval of its petitions is dependent upon its responsible adherence to law, regulation, and procedures. It is essential, therefore, that individual departments within the University and all those with authority to recruit and hire University employees understand the procedures, time frames, and restrictions involved in the appointment of foreign nationals and plan accordingly. This requirement applies to all appointments—those of unpaid visiting scholars as well as salaried faculty and staff. Please contact Sandy Dumpor if you have additional questions.


Sandy Dumpor

Office of International Affairs

Student/Scholar Services

East Carolina University

306 East 9th Street

Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353 USA

Tel: +1 252.737.4378