Created and regulated by the U.S. Department of State, the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program includes a number of programs that provide international scholars with the opportunity to teach and conduct research at a U.S. higher education institution. The objectives of these programs are to increase mutual understanding and promote the exchange of ideas and the development of academic partnerships between U.S. university faculty, researchers and specialists, and their foreign counterparts.
The City University of New York is an official J-1 sponsor, who hosts hundreds of international scholars and their dependents each year. Scholars can be found lecturing, engaging in research or working in his or her area of expertise.
Prospective scholars must be invited by one of the college's academic departments to participate in the Program. Candidates are also required to fall into one of the following J-1 Exchange Visitor Program categories: Professor, Researcher Scholars, or Short Term Scholar. The Program also has a Specialist category for foreign nationals, who wish to visit the University to observe, consult or demonstrate a specialized knowledge or skill.
J-1 Responsible Officers (RO's) oversee the J-1 visiting scholars programs at the various CUNY colleges to ensure University and participant compliance with federal regulations. The RO's assist the academic departments in hosting the scholar and help the scholar and their dependents obtain and maintain J-1 Visa and Immigration Status. They also guide both, scholar and department of the employment and mandatory J-1 medical insurance requirements.
For more detailed information and frequently asked questions regarding J-1 Scholars in particular, and the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program in general, access:
http://j1visa.state.gov/basics/ and http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1267.html