A J-1 visa for Research Scholars is a temporary exchange visitor visa that permits research scholars to conduct research, observe or consult with a research project at an accredited academic institution, research facility, museum, library or similar institution in the U.S.
J-1 Visa Entitlements for Research Scholars
A J-1 visa entitles the holder to participate in a Research Scholar exchange program with a U.S. sponsoring organization. A J-1 visa for a Research Scholar exchange is usually granted for a maximum of 3 years and extensions may be granted to complete a specific project or research activity.
Spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age may apply for the applicable derivative visa (J-2 visa) to join their spouse or parent in the U.S. Accompanying spouses and children are entitled to study in the United States and may undertake employment with an approved employment authorization.
J-1 Visa Requirements for Research Scholars
To qualify for a J-1 visa as a research scholar in the U.S., the applicant must be accepted to participate in a certified research scholar exchange program in the U.S.
To participate in a research scholar exchange program, the applicant must be a research scholar in a foreign country, be engaged in research in a specific area that they have made significant contributions to and meet the sponsoring organization’s specific requirements.
Furthermore, the applicant must not be a candidate for a tenure track position or have completed a research scholar exchange program in the 24 months preceding the start of the new program. Applicants who have held a J-1 visa during the 12 month period preceding the start of the research scholar exchange program may not be eligible; however there are some exceptions to this requirement.
J-1 visa applicants may be required to meet certain health and character requirements.