Visiting Scholar – J1 Exchange Visitor

ISSS is here to assist you with the tasks you need to complete to bring international researchers and faculty to the United States for an exchange visit as a J-1 visa holder.

We can help you determine the most appropriate visa option. Please contact us well in advance of the arrival of any international visitor.

Faculty/Staff Visa Type

J1 Student Non-Degree

  • Purpose: Visitor is engaged in a prescribed non-degree academic program with a specific educational objective
  • Course of study may involve classroom instruction and research projects
  • Visitor could be subject to the two-year home residence requirement

J1 Exchange Visitor: Short-Term Scholar

  • Purpose: Visitor is conducting research, lecture, training, teaching, lab observations or collaborative research.
  • Duration can be between three weeks to six months.
  • Visitor could be subject to the two-year home residence requirement.
  • Visitor can be paid for services and/or reimbursed for their expenses.
  • They must be actively working towards master's or Ph.D., if not already holding the degree. This category is not appropriate for undergraduate students.

J1 Exchange Visitor: Visiting Professor or Research Scholar

  • Purpose: Visitor is conducting collaborative research, teaching, and/or engaged in postdoctoral training.
  • Duration is more than six months, with a maximum program duration being five years.
  • Source of funding can come from a variety of sources such as government, NIU, home institution, international organization or personal funds
  • Must be actively working towards a master's or Ph.D., if not already holding the degree. This category is not appropriate for undergraduate students.
  • Visitor could be subject to the two-year home residence requirement.

Contact Us

International Student Scholar Services (ISSS)
Williston Hall

Phone: 815-753-1346
Fax: 815-753-1488
Email: isfo@niu.edu

Office Hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Open for in-person appointments:

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

Email isfo@niu.edu to request an appointment

Tuesday and Thursday

Staff working remotely