Services for International Employees & Scholars

12- and 24-Month Bar

These bars restrict starting a J-1 research scholar or J-1 professor exchange visitor program.  The 24-month bar is different than the 2-year home residency requirement.

12-month bar

Time spent in the United States in any J status (including J-2) during the 12-months preceding the start date of the new professor or research scholar program may prohibit eligibility to begin the new program.  Exceptions to this bar are:

  • Transfer between program sponsors does not trigger the bar.
  • Less than 6 months in J status does not trigger the bar. 
  • Participation in a J Short-term scholar program does not trigger the bar.

24-month bar

Anyone who participates in a J-1 Professor or J-1 Research Scholar program will become subject to a 24-month bar on repeat participation in both Professor and Research Scholar categories.  This restriction applies under two circumstances:

  1. If the Professor or Research Scholar completes a full five years with one or more sponsors.
  2. If, before the full five-year period is over, the Professor or Research Scholar completes the program.  In this case the remaining unused time is no longer accessible and must wait 24 months before beginning a new program as a J-1 Professor or Research Scholar

The 24-month bar should not be confused with the two-year home residency requirement.  These are two completely different regulations.

The two-year home residency requirement may apply to visitors in any J category.  The 24-month bar only applies to J-1 Research Scholar or Professor categories or as a J-2 dependent of a J-1 Professor or Research Scholar.


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