Information for J-1 Scholars

Rules of Status for J-1 Scholars

Employment in J-1 Scholar Status

Maintaining J-1 Scholar Status


J-1 Categories/(Differences between J-1 Student VS. J-1 Scholar)


J-1 Short-Term Scholar

Professor, research scholar, or person with similar education and background who comes to the U.S. for a short-term visit to lecture, observe, consult, train, and/or demonstrate special skills. Short-Term Scholars no limited minimum duration of stay, but they are limited to stay a maximum of 6 months. There are no extensions possible.

J-1 Professor

Primarily teaches, lectures, observes, consults, and might conduct research if permitted by the program sponsor. A J-1 Professor may stay for only 3 weeks, but can stay up to 5 years. A J-1 Professor cannot be tenure-track; J-1 Professors must be temporary employees.

J-1 Research Scholar

Primarily conducts research, observes, consults, and may also teach or lecture if permitted by the program sponsor. Like J-1 Professors, J-1 Research Scholars have to stay in the U.S. for a minimum of 3 weeks, but can stay up to 5 years.

J-1 Specialist

Expert in a field of specialized knowledge who comes to the U.S. for observing, consulting, and demonstrating special skills. A J-1 Specialist also has a three week minimum of stay in the U.S., but can stay up to one year.

Important Note: content in our J-1 Scholars website is for J-1 Professor/Research Scholars only.


Contact Information

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Global Education Office
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA

Phone: 1-518-564-3287
Fax: 1-518-564-3292
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