Inviting a Visiting Scholar is a great way to add cultural diversity and international perspective to your curriculum and build international linkages. The Office of International Students (OIS) is the university office responsible for issuing the immigration documents required for the scholar to apply for a J-visa.
It is extremely important that the Office of International Students has the required information necessary to process the immigration documents in a timely manner. There are 2 J-1 request forms— one for the visitor to complete and another for the requesting department— that are required. Both forms can be found on our forms page. These two completed forms and the following supporting documents MUST accompany the request:
Exchange Categories: EMU is authorized to host non-US scholars who are engaged in either research or teaching. Both categories allow for a minimum duration of 3 weeks and a maximum duration of 5 years.
Funding Requirements: Minimum funding requirements are:
Arrival Information: J-visa regulations allow the scholar and dependents to arrive up to, but no more than, 30 days before the start date on the DS-2019. Program activities, however, should not commence until the DS-2019 start date.
Delay in Arrival/Start Date: The scholar must arrive and completed the check-in process with the OIS within 30 days of the start date on the DS-2019. Therefore, if there is a delay in the scholar's arrival of more than 20 days past the DS-2019s start date, the department must immediately inform the OIS of the need to change the program dates and issue a new DS-2019.