Visiting Scholars

The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to enhance understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. Sponsors and exchange visitors are required to comply with the Exchange Visitor Program regulations. It is essential that they become familiar with these regulations.

The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa classification was developed to implement the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act) of 1961. The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges.

Through the Exchange Visitor Program, foreign nationals may visit the United States temporarily to teach, lecture, study, observe, conduct research, consult, train, or demonstrate special skills. Designated sponsoring organizations facilitate the entry of foreign nationals into the United States to complete the objectives of any one of 13 program categories which are; (1) Alien Physicians, (2) College and University Students, (3) International Visitors, (4) Research Scholars, (5) Au Pairs, (6) Government Visitors, (7) Professors, (8) Secondary School Students, (9) Short-term Scholars, (10) Summer Work Travel Participants, (11) Trainees, and (13) Teachers.

Common Categories of Visitng Scholars at Montclair State University

International Research Scholars

International Research Scholars are primarily engaged in conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with Montclair State University. They may also teach or lecture as required by the academic department. The minimum academic requirement for a research scholar is a master's degree. The scholar may not be a candidate for a tenure track position. Research scholars may be funded by Montclair State University, by their own university, by personal funds, government funds, or a combination of the above.

The Director of Global Education Center must clear all research scholars. Before proceeding with the IS in regard to a research scholar, please contact Dr. Marina Cunningham, Director of Global Education (973)-655-7566 at least three months prior to the desired arrival time.

Temporary Faculty or Adjust

Temporary Faculty or Adjust positions are primarily engaged in part-time or full-time teaching positions that are non-tenure track. The duration of the positions may not exceed five years.

Short-Term Scholars

Short-Term Scholars are professor, research scholars, or person with similar education or accomplishments, who visit Montclair State University to lecture, observe, consult, train, or demonstrate special skills.
The duration of the program is the time needed to complete the objective, up to a maximum of six months. The minimum program duration of 3 weeks for any Exchange Visitor Program category is waived for participants in this category. Extensions beyond six months are not permitted.

Short-term scholars may participate in the Exchange Visitor Program at conferences, workshops, seminars, or other events listed their Forms DS-2019. Participants may also lecture or consult at institutions not listed on the Form DS-2019 if the Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer at IS issues a written authorization for such activity. The authorization must be attached to the participant's Form DS-2019.

Documentation Required – The SEVIS form DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor) must be issued by the IS for obtaining a J-1 visa. Before the DS-2019 can be issued, department/scholar must submit: Departmental support letter, Proof of financial support, completed insurance compliance agreement, or other relevant documents.

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NOTE: The spouse and unmarried minor children (under 21 years of age) of the J-1 exchange visitor are eligible for J-2 dependent status. J-2 dependents are eligible to apply for employment authorization from the USCIS as long as the employment is not for the purpose of supporting the J-1.