Visas

Overview

The University of Washington has a long tradition of hosting faculty and other academic personnel from around the world. These individuals are collectively referred to as “international scholars.” They engage in a variety of teaching and research activities but are not enrolled at the UW, nor are they enrolled students overseas. International scholars hold a UW appointment and generally require a temporary, nonimmigrant visa to enter the U.S.

By facilitating and monitoring immigration compliance within a complex and ever-changing regulatory environment, and by providing timely and accurate guidance, International Scholars Operations (ISO) enables the University of Washington to recruit and retain international scholars in support of the institution’s teaching and research mission.

The menu items listed on the right side of this page provide comprehensive information on visa sponsorship procedures and relevant nonimmigrant categories. For questions about visas, including relevant academic appointments, contact acadvisa@uw.edu.

Campus departments that sponsor international scholars for visas undertake several obligations. These include:

  • assigning the international scholar a UW appointment title that is appropriate for the intended activity,
  • documenting that the scholar is fully qualified to participate in the proposed activity,
  • completing visa sponsorship paperwork (UW J and UW H Visa Request Forms),
  • advising the scholar, before and after arrival in Seattle, of the services and facilities (e.g., housing, insurance, office or lab space) available, and
  • emailing acadvisa@uw.edu in advance of changes in the scholar’s start or end date, financial support, position title, percent of FTE, worksite location and the like.

News and Announcements

Phone Scam Alert

Several scholars have reported receiving fraudulent phone calls from people purporting to be government agents (USCIS, IRS, etc. etc.) asking for money. Please advise your scholars that U.S. government agencies will never call them directly to ask for money or personal information. Such calls should be ignored or reported to authorities. For more information on common immigration scams and how to report, please see http://www.uscis.gov/avoid-scams/common-scams and http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Repeats-Warning-about-Phone-Scams.

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

                                                                                                                                         -Socrates