Collaboration and connections with a wide range of scholars from across the globe and nation are vital to advancing the research and education missions of the University. The Center for Global Engagement provides the immigration services required for international researchers to come to FSU for that collaboration. Researchers come to FSU in one of two ways with the J-1 visa:

International visiting scholars/researchers who will not be employed by FSU will work with a hosting FSU faculty member who will initiate a university request procedure, prior to extending an official invitation.  Any informal or initial invitation prior to university approval is not official or enforceable and may not be used for immigration purposes.

Please note that the J-1 status sponsored by FSU cannot be used for a research program which involves child care, any activities in pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, summer camps, or other local community activities for K-12 students, elder care, aviation, clinical positions or engaging in any patient or client care or contact. This includes any type of therapy, administering medication, psychological counseling, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, social work, or speech therapy. Conducting research or teaching primarily in a site outside of FSU is not permitted. FSU will not sponsor the J-1 status for researchers, interns, or instructors under the age of 18.

Once the university invitation request procedure is complete and university officials have approved the invitation in RAMP (hosted by the FSU Office of Research), a designated department representative will submit a complete Request for the J-1 Program to the Center for Global Engagement, to be submitted at least 60 days before the anticipated start date. The CGE will then review the case for eligibility and process the DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for the J-1 status. A complete Request for the J-1 Program will include documents from the prospective visiting scholar/researcher as well as information from the department. The additional documents are:

  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • Documentation of travel medical insurance for the visiting scholar/researcher and all accompanying dependents for the entire duration of the visit which meets or exceeds the J visa regulations at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=20651e2ec64a599a42bd66924d0bc393&mc=true&node=se22.1.62_114&rgn=div8
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume
  • Copy of passport biographical information page for the visiting scholar/researcher and any accompanying dependents (spouse and/or children)
  • Completed and signed Exchange Visitor Information Form.
  • Documentation of funding for the visiting scholar/researcher and all accompanying dependents for the entire duration of the program. Required funding amounts are detailed below.
  • Documentation of approved leave from the scholar/researcher’s home institution.
  • Undergraduate researchers must also provide:
    • A letter from the student researcher's home institution stating that the student is currently enrolled in and pursuing a degree at a degree-or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the U.S. to which they will return after program completion, that the student is in good academic standing with their home university, and that the internship program at FSU will fulfill educational objectives of the student's current degree program and is directly related to their degree program.
    • A copy of the student researcher's transcripts in English or with an English translation.

International post-doctoral researchers or adjunct instructors who will be employed by FSU will work with their hiring FSU department to complete a Request for J-1 Exchange Visitor Program packet. The hiring department will submit the complete packet to the Center for Global Engagement who will issue a DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for the J-1 visa within 3 weeks of submission of a complete request. The request packet is only available to designated department representatives or FSU inviting faculty upon request from the Exchange Visitor Advisor – apstevens@fsu.edu.

The prospective scholar employee must submit the following documentation to the department representative, for inclusion in the request packet:

Required minimum funding amounts (these are not FSU salary requirements):

Principal Visitor (PV) alone

PV + 1 Dependent

PV + 2 Dependents

PV + 3 Dependents

PV + 4 Dependents












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