Office of International Affairs (OIA)
Brief Summary of Visa Options for International Students, Scholars and Visitors
|Type of Visa||Possible Income from U.S. Sources||Eligibility Criteria||Maximum Length of Stay||Supporting Documentation||Forms Needed for Entry & Work Authorization
(Must be presented at OIES)
Visitor for Business
|Reimbursement for expenses, honorarium;
|Proof of scholarly or business purpose of U.S. visit||Up to 6 months at entry, renewable up to 12 months||Invitation letter with dates and purpose of visit; proof of adequate funds; evidence of return ticket||B-1/2 Visa stamp, I-94 card stamped B-1|
Visitor for Pleasure
|Reimbursement for expenses; no salary||Evidence of financial support and tourist plans||Up to 6 months at entry, renewable up to 12 months||Proof of adequate funds for visit, evidence of return ticket||B-1/2 Visa stamp/I-94 card stamped
|WB: see B-1 above
WT: see B-2 above
|WB: See B-1 above
WT: See B-2 above
|WB: see B-1 above
WT: see B-2 above
|WB/WT Visa Stamp|
|Visa Waiver Program Only applicable for designated countries|
Research Scholar, Specialist and & Short Term Scholar
|Salary or stipend through
on-campus employment, honorarium, reimbursement
|Univ. appointment to teach or conduct research; indication of adequate financial support for length of program||5 years (scholar)
For Short-term scholars, 6 months, maximum, non-extendable
|SEVIS Form DS-2019 form, letter from sponsoring department with details of objective, C.V. & financial documentation||J-1 Visa, SEVIS Form DS-2019 processed for program at Jefferson, proof of financial support and I-94 card marked D/S|
Exchange Visitor Student
|Univ. Stipend, up to 20 hrs
Academic Training (AT) may be available at end of program
|Full-time matriculation, proof of financial support (no personal/family funds)||Until completion of studies (7 yr. max.) plus 12 months AT for Bachelors & Masters, 18 months for Ph.D., 24 months for non-degree||SEVIS Form DS-2019, University Acceptance Letter & financial documentation||J-1 Visa, SEVIS Form DS-2019 processed for program at Jefferson, Acceptance Letter, Financial Documentation and I-94 card marked D/S|
|Employment permitted only with specified employer||Univ. appointment to teach or conduct research; indication of adequate financial support for length of program||No maximum; can be renewed every 3 years||Letter from sponsoring department stating job duties, salary, educational requirements; C.V. copies of degrees, licenses, etc.||Letter from department; proof of Canadian citizenship; INS processing fee/I-94 card must be stamped TN for Jefferson|
In "Specialty Occupation"
|Employment permitted only with petitioning employer||Possession of at least a Bachelor's degree in a specialized area of knowledge; salary must meet prevailing wage standards of DOL||Up to 3 years for initial
H-1B, renewable for a total stay of six years
|Copy of highest degree, C.V. & employment letter attesting to merit/skills||Labor Condition Application & I-129 with H supplement/Approved I-797 for Jefferson and I-94 for H-1B status|
Alien of Extraordinary Ability
|Employment permitted only with petitioning employer||Proof of major scholarly achievement; international recognition||For length of event up to 3 years; extensions possible||Same as H-1B plus documentation of international recognition||I-129 with O supplement/ Approved I-797 for Jefferson and I-94 for O-1 status|
|University Stipend; up to 20 hrs. on-campus employment; OPT for Off Campus (need authorization & EAD card )||Full-time matriculation, proof of financial support||Until completion of studies plus one year of OPT if available||SEVIS I-20 from University, Acceptance letter, financial documentation||Processed SEVIS I-20, I-94 card marked D/S; EAD card for Off-Campus & OPT, Endorsed I-20 for CPT|
J-1 or H-1B for a Researcher Coming to Jefferson from Abroad:
Information to Help You Choose
|Purpose||Research Scholar||Professional Non-Immigrant Employee|
|Form||DS-2019||LCA (DOL)and I-129 filed with USCIS-Approval on Form I-797 A or B.|
|Funding Source||Funding may come from the sponsoring Department, researcher’s home institution or government, US government, private funding source or any combination of these.||Must have a regular full-time employee position with TJU, TJUH, or JUP in order to be eligible for an H-1B. Part-time positions are not eligible for H-1B sponsorship at Jefferson.|
|The DS-2019 can be issued for up to 5 years.||6 years — may request up to three years at a time for a maximum of 6 years. (Under certain circumstances additional time may be requested.)|
*Does not include fees for visa and visa processing
|One-time SEVIS Fee of $180 paid by researcher.||$325 filing fee for I-129 and $500 fee which must be paid by the hiring department at Jefferson. Also, possible $1,225 expedited processing fee.|
*Does not take into account time needed for the individual to pass security clearance and obtain Visa stamp
|The desired start date should be no less than 6-8 weeks from the date the application is submitted to OIA. Once all required documents are received, the DS-2019 packet will be available for pickup at OIA within 2 weeks. The department then sends the packet** to the researcher, who will contact US Embassy or Consulate for appointment.
**Must be sent by FedEx or other international courier.
|Once all required documents are received, OIA needs 10-12 weeks to prepare the forms and file the petition with USCIS. Current USCIS processing time for initial I-129 petitions is three to four months. Once the H-1B approval is received, OIA prepares a package which is sent by FedEx to the prospective employee, who then schedules the appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate.|
to US Consular Officer
|J-1 visa applicant must convince US Consular Officer of intention to return to home country.||H-1B applicant does not have to convince US Consular Officer of intention to return to home country. (Dual Intent)|
|Health Insurance & Benefits||The Department of State has mandated that all J-1s and their J-2 dependents must carry health insurance including repatriation and medical evacuation. (Specific minimums have been established.) DOS holds the J-1 Researcher responsible for carrying appropriate insurance for him/herself and all J-2 dependents.||The Department of Labor requires the employer to offer the H-1B non-immigrant employee the same benefits on the same basis and in accordance with the same criteria as those offered to similarly employed U.S. workers.|
|Institute’s Responsibilities||OIA must register J-1 researcher in the SEVIS system within 30 days of program start date or the record will be automatically invalidated If the Exchange Visitor delays start-date, it must be adjusted prior to arrival on SEVIS. OIA is also required to update changes of address, financial information, and program information, including: early completion of program, extensions or terminations in the SEVIS system.||Must make a series of attestations to DOL concerning the wages for, working conditions of and benefits offered to H-1B employees. Must pay the required wage for any period of time spent in non-productive status due to the decision of the employer or the H-1B non-immigrant worker's lack of a permit or license. Must notify OIA when H-1B worker leaves Jefferson prior to the end of his/her H-1B approval period.
Obligated by law to pay for the H-1B employee's return fare to his or her home country if for any reason Jefferson terminates his or her employment prior to the expiration of the H-1B approval period.
|Dependents||Dependent(s) classified as J-2.
Each J-2 dependent is required to have a DS-2019. Extra financial documentation required for each J-2 dependent. J-2 dependent may apply to the USCIS for work permission after entry into the US.
|Dependent(s) classified as H-4. Dependent(s) applies at an embassy or consulate for H-4 classification with H-1B. H-4 dependent is not permitted to work in the US.|