Services for International Employees & Scholars

About the J-1 visa

The University of Kansas has been approved by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 Exchange Visitors participating in academic research, teaching, and observation at KU. International Programs facilitates J-1 Exchange Visitor program sponsorship for international individuals coming to KU with official appointments such as visiting faculty, postdoctoral researchers, fellows, as well as other temporary academic appointments.

The J-1 visa cannot be used for tenure-track appointments or other appointments that are "permanent" in nature.

The KU hosting department should initiate the J-1 Application on our iHawk website. Please review the Required Document section to ensure that you have everything you will need.

This J-1 Research Scholar / Professor exchange visitor category has a minimum stay requirement of three weeks, and a maximum permitted stay of five years.  This five year stay begins with the start date on the Form DS-2019 and this status remains available until the end of the five years or the date the J-1 program is concluded, whichever is earlier.

At KU, the initial DS-2019 will be issued for the duration of the official KU appointment and can be extended in concert with the underlying KU appointment being extended.  However, when the program at KU is completed, J-1 status is also completed unless the scholar transfers immediately to another J-1 sponsor in the U.S.

Paid employment for J-1 research scholars or professors is permitted only if it is included on the Form DS-2019.  In most cases it is not possible for a J-1 scholar to accept paid employment outside of KU however there are exceptions permitted for occasional lectures and short-term consultations that have the prior approval of International Programs. Such activities must be directly related to the program activities of the J-1 Scholar.

Please review the 12 and 24 month bars section as well as the 2-year home residency requirement section for further details regarding restrictions on J participation and eligiblity.

Eligibility

  • The host KU department must determine that the individual has the appropriate academic credentials, as well as English language proficiency to be successful in his or her program.
  • Must provide evidence of financial support (either KU or outside KU) for all expenses, including financial support for all accompanying family members.  Please review the funding section of our website.
  • The exchange visitor and her/his accompanying family members must maintain health insurance that meets U.S. Department of State requirements.

The J-1 Short-Term Scholar category can be used when the academic objective for the visit can be completed within six months or less.  It is not possible to extend beyond 6 months, so if the objective might take more than six months this category should not be considered.  This J category is often used for lectures, observations, consultations, or to participate in seminars, workshops, conferences or professional meetings.

The J-1 Short-Term Scholar may return to the United States again for a Short Term stay providing there is a substantive break between and each visit constitutes a new objective. 

This category is not subject to the 12 and 24 month bars.

Eligibility

  • The host KU department must determine that the individual has the appropriate academic credentials, as well as English language proficiency to be successful in his or her program.
  • Must provide evidence of financial support (either KU or outside KU) for all expenses, including financial support for all accompanying family members.  Please review the funding section of our website.
  • The exchange visitor and her/his accompanying family members must maintain health insurance that meets U.S. Department of State requirements.

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