J-1 status is appropriate for many research positions at UMMS. Requests for J sponsorship, must be sent to Immigration Services at least 3 months in advance of the desired start date. If less notice is given, it is possible that the individual will not arrive at UMMS by the requested date.
Health Insurance - Non-UMMS Funded Sponsorship Requests - Research Scholar/Professor - Short-term Scholar - SEVIS Record - 24-month bar
J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependents must be covered by sickness and accident insurance for the duration of their stay in the United States, including the 60 - 90 days before UMMS health benefits commence. Failure to purchase such insurance may lead to loss of legal immigration status and termination from the Exchange Visitor Program. J-1 Health Insurance Requirements
J-1 Research Scholars or J-1 Short-term scholars not fully funded by UMMS, must be funded by a foreign grant, institution or government. Proof of the funding source is required prior to document issuance.
UMMS will sponsor J-1 Researcher visas for professional level research positions. Positions that allow for sponsorship include the following:
Other position titles will be considered on an individual basis, but must meet the minimum federal credential guidelines. All positions must also meet salary minimums as stated in institutional guidelines.
There are three factors considered when determining an individual’s eligibility as a J-1 researcher or professor:
Under certain circumstances, individuals who plan to enter the United States for short periods of time may be eligible for J sponsorship in this category. The eligibility requirements include:
Immigration Services must create a SEVIS record for an incoming exchange visitor prior to issuing the Form DS-2019. Immigration Services must report certain information about the J-1 exchange visitor to SEVIS throughout the J program and upon completion of program at UMMS. SEVIS Information
An individual who participates in the Exchange Visitor Program as a Professor or Research Scholar becomes subject to a 24-month bar on "repeat participation" in those categories after completing his or her program. Under DOS's interpretation, the 24-month bar applies under two circumstances: