A J-1 scholar enters the United States with the purpose of research and/or teaching as part of the United States Department of State’s Exchange Visitor (EV) Program at Georgia State (P-1-03559).
General Eligibility Requirements
A prospective J-1 visiting scholar must meet the following criteria before ISSS will issue visa eligibility documents.
- $1,513 per month for the scholar (must either be funds from the Georgia State, an external sponsor or scholar’s funds)
- $500 per month for a spouse on a J-2 dependent visa (in addition to the above)
- $300 per month for each J-2 dependent child under age 21 (in addition to the above)
Self-funding must be shown on a bank statement specifying the amount of liquid funds available in U.S. dollars. If funding is from Georgia State or another organization, specify how much is being paid and for what dates. The scholar pays the visa processing fees.
The methods established by the DOS for determining English language proficiency are as follows:
- Through a recognized English language test:
- IELTS overall score of 5.5 or higher
- TOEFL (internet-based) overall score of 65 or higher or
- A computer-based score of 183 or higher, or paper-based score of 513 or higher.
- Through signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school; or
- Through an interview 'conducted by the sponsor' in-person, by videoconference or by web camera.
In the latter case of an interview, the sponsoring faculty member will conduct and document the interview, but departmental procedures may vary in this regard. The interview must be performed as a video interview (for example, using Skype, Google, MSN or smartphone apps such as FaceTime) unless the scholar being invited is personally known to the host faculty, in which case a telephone interview is sufficient. Once the interview is conducted, the interviewer must complete the English Proficiency Verification Form in iStart that their business manager will have emailed to them. Please be aware that if ISSS finds the scholar's English unacceptable, the department must choose a different interviewer for English proficiency.
Repeat Participation Bars
A J-1 scholar seeking a program in the Research Scholar or Professor categories cannot have been in any J-1 program that lasted for longer than 6 months that ended less than 12 months prior to the proposed start date of the new program.
24 Month Participation Bar
A J-1 scholar seeking a program in the Research Scholar or Professor categories cannot have been in another J-1 program as a Research Scholar or Professor any amount of time for up to 24 months prior to the proposed start date of the new program.
- Will hold a non-tenure track position at Georgia State
- Does not seek admission to Georgia State as a full-time student.
J-1 Scholar Categories
J-1 Scholars can be broken down into the categories below:
Short Term Scholar
Departments who wish to host a J-1 visiting scholar or student intern must fully complete and submit the appropriate request forms AND all required supporting documents through iStart at least 2-3 months before the visitor’s proposed start date at Georgia State. In addition, please note that our expected processing time for new scholar requests is 3-5 business days.
Faculty Mentoring Program
The Office of International Initiatives (OII) offers optional faculty programs to host visiting scholars ranging from a month long to a year-round duration. OII also offers international faculty programs during the summer that include housing. These professional development programs are designed to engage scholars in customized, field-specific and cross-cultural activities. Visiting scholars are paired with Georgia State faculty (Mentors) to engage in academic activities, including: research, teaching in a U.S. classroom, class observations, syllabi development and enhancement, course evaluation and language training. Unlike the regular scholar exchange, these programs compensate Georgia State host faculty for serving as a mentor.
All administrative aspects of the program – including invitation letters, English proficiency interviews, orientations, visa paperwork processing and airport pickup – language enhancement and cultural programming are handled by Georgia State’s Office of International Initiatives in coordination with International Student and Scholar Services and Host Department. For more information, please visit OII Faculty Programs or contact OII at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ISSS is committed to maintaining support and services to you during this time and will continue to operate under normal operating procedures for the remainder of the semester, just from a remote and online platform. This means you can call us directly or email us to request information and/or telephone/web appointments for advisement during our regular advisement hours.