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Visa Summary


These are some of the more common visa categories that International Programs will use to support international employees and international scholars that needs visa support.  The support process is always initiated by the KU hosting / hiring department.

J-1 Research Scholar / Professor
J-1 Short Term Scholar
B Visitor Visa
  • Used for short visits.
  • Restrictive criteria on payment of honoraria and/or reimbursement of expenses.
H-1B Temporary Worker
TN NAFTA Professionals
  • Canadian and Mexican citizens only.
  • Must be a KU employee.
  • Profession must be on the NAFTA list.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
  • For those in F-1 status who have completed a degree program in the U.S. and have received employment authorization from USCIS to work in a field related to their field of study.
  • Maximum period of employment is 12 months.
  • Degree granting institution maintains immigration advising responsibilities.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
  • Applicant must demonstrate sustained national and/or international acclaim and recognition for achievements.
  • Must be a KU employee.

Coming to KU to conduct research 


If you have secured your own funding from an outside source (i.e. your home government, an international organization, your home university, etc.) and you would like to come to the University of Kansas to conduct research you must have a KU professor who is willing to host or sponsor you during your time at KU.  The visa sponsorship process is started by the KU professor or department.

To find a KU professor willing to host your research program, please contact academic unit or research centers directly. Let them know if you already have funding to come to the United States.


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Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises three units: the Intensive English Program, Short-term Programs, and KU Outreach Programs.
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 550 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times