J1 Visa Short-Term Scholar Program

J1 Visa Short-Term Scholar Program

Professors, research scholars, or persons with similar education or accomplishments travel to the U.S. 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 academic institutions, or similar type of institutions.


  • The maximum duration of participation in this category is six months.
  • No program extensions are permitted.
  • No change in category will be considered.
  • The minimum program duration of 3 weeks for any exchange visitor program category is waived for participants in this category.
  • Exchange visitors who have recently participated in an exchange program as a professor or research scholar in the U.S. are not expected to attempt to reenter the U.S. as a short-term scholar to rejoin the original sponsor, as this would be considered a continuation of their original program objective.
  • This category is often used for lectures, observations, consultations, conferences, professional meetings, participation in seminars and workshops, etc.
  • This category is primarily for academics who reside outside of the U.S. and are invited to the U.S. occasionally for short visits.
  • Participants may return to the U.S. again for a new Short-Term Scholar stay, provided there is a substantial break between the visits, and each visit is for a new objective.
  • Participants may return to the U.S. for a longer term stay using the J-1 Research Scholar & Professor category without being subject to the 12 and 24 month bars.

Sponsor Responsibilities

Sponsors are required to:

  • Screen and select qualified foreign nationals to carry out exchange initiatives
  • Monitor the visitor’s stay while in the U.S. and assist with any issues that may occur
  • Ensure that the foreign national is successfully carrying out the responsibilities for which entry to the U.S. was granted
  • Ensure that exchange visitors are involved in cross-cultural programs where they can learn about the U.S. and its people
  • Maintain SEVIS records
  • Ensure that the exchange participants and their dependents, if any, are covered by health insurance
  • Ensure that exchange visitors have sufficient finances to participate in the program and to support their spouse and dependents, if any

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