Visa Sponsorship Policy for Scholars (Professors / Researchers)
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Whom Do We Sponsor?
We provide visa sponsorship for specific academic titles. Titles are determined by the academic unit in consultation with the Dean’s office or Provost’s office. These include:
Researchers / Professors
Obtaining Visa Sponsorship
Once your academic title and the terms of the invitation have been determined by your sponsoring academic department, the department will contact us to initiate visa sponsorship on your behalf. Please do not contact us directly.
Types of Scholar Visa Sponsorship
- J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
- For those coming to lecture, conduct research, observe or engage in research-based internships. Learn more.
- H-1B Temporary Worker
- For full-time salaried employees holding long-term instructional or research appointments, such as tenure-track faculty or researchers at the Associate level.
This must be a “specialty occupation” that requires a “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, and attainment of a bachelor's or higher degree, or its equivalent, as a minimum requirement” at a wage that meets the higher of the prevailing wage or the actual wage. Learn more.
- For Australian citizens meeting the same criteria employment requirements and credentials as the H-1B described above. Learn more.
- O-1 Extraordinary Ability
- For full-time salaried faculty or researchers who are recognized as being at the very top of their field in the sciences, education, business or athletics and who are coming to the United States to continue work in their field of expertise Learn more.
- Only for Canadian and Mexican citizens coming temporarily in specific professions and with specific credentials meeting the requirements of the NAFTA treaty. Learn more.