Limitations on J Visas for Visiting Faculty and Visiting Scholars
RIT is certified by the US Department of State to host J-1 exchange visitors in the these non-student categories: Research Scholar, Professor, Short-Term Scholar. No J-1 scholar in these categories may not hold a tenured or tenure-track position at RIT while in J-1 status. Permissible activities include research, teaching, collaboration, observation, or some combination of those. At RIT, J-1 scholars must be hired through RIT Human Resources or approved through the Visiting Scholar policy. RIT Human Resources, in consultation with outside counsel, can advise on the suitability and costs of other options such as the H-1B or O-1 visas.
Please include language in any verbal discussions and offer letters that state: “this offer is contingent upon you successfully proving eligibility (or obtaining eligibility prior to your start date) to engage in research, teaching and/or employment by RIT.”
J-1 exchange visitors in the Research Scholar and Professor categories are subject to a 24-month bar on repeat participation in these same categories. For example, a professor who comes for one full year, and then returns home, must wait 2 years before returning to the US under a new J-1 Research Scholar or Professor program.
2-Year Home Residency Rule
Certain J-1 exchange visitors may be subject to this rule, also called 212(e), based on their field of study (and if their home country includes that specific field on their Skills List), or if the visitor receives funding from the US and/or home government. The rule must be satisfied or waived before the visitor will be eligible for H, L, or K visas, for US permanent residency, or for the ability to change status within the US.
Maximum Program Length
Research Scholars and Professors are permitted a maximum of 5 years of program participation, and Short-Term Scholars are allowed a maximum of 6 months. These program limits are "use or lose".
Please submit this form and additional documentation (mentioned below) once an offer/invite is made. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
J-1 Request Form Part 1 - To Be Completed by RIT Department
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