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J-1 Visas

Pima welcomes students participating in the J-1 Exchange Visitor program. 

The U.S. Department of State administers the Exchange Visitor Program under the provisions of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended. The Act promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange Visitor Program provides foreign nationals opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States with the expectation that on completion of their exchange program, they will return home to share their experiences.

Exchange Visitor Categories

Student: An individual enrolling full-time in a degree program or prescribed non-degree course of study at a post-secondary accredited education institution.

Research Scholar: An individual conducting research, observing, or consulting on a research project at a post-secondary accredited educational institution, or similar type of institution. The research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor.

Professor: An individual teaching, lecturing, observing or consulting at a post-secondary accredited educational institution, or similar type of institution. A professor may also conduct research, unless disallowed by the sponsor.

Short-Term Scholar: A professor, research scholar, specialist or a person with a similar education or accomplishments coming to the United States on a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills at a post-secondary accredited education institution, or similar type of institution.

Specialist: An expert in a field of specialized knowledge or skill coming to the United States for  lecturing, observing, consulting, or demonstrating special skills.

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