J-1 Visa Overview
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is a Federal program administered by the Department of State which implements the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. This Act promotes mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange Visitor Program provides eligible foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States and then return home to share their experiences.
The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is organized into a number of different categories. The Office of International Relations and Global Engagement (IRGE) at BHSU has been designated to sponsor the following categories: student and research scholar. It is important to remember that the Exchange Visitor Program at BHSU is not an expedient means of employing foreign nationals (or- from the scholar’s point of view - for working in the US), but is intended to further the educational, cultural, and research interests of the foreign student or scholar as much as the needs of the faculty sponsor, grant program, or University.
BHSU has been a J-1 program sponsor for several years and has hosted many students and scholars for the purpose of “teaching, instructing or lecturing, studying, observing, conducting research, consulting, demonstrating special skills or receiving training in the general interests of international academic exchange.” Participants use form DS-2019 to apply at the American embassy or consulate for a J-1 visa to enter the United States. The program is an essential component of the university’s efforts to maintain prominence as an international academic and research institution. BHSU is authorized as a program sponsor through the U.S. Department of State. For more information about the J-1 program, go to http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/exchange.html.