The University of Washington hosts hundreds of faculty and other academic personnel from around the world each year. These individuals are collectively referred to as “international scholars.”

International scholars engage in a variety of teaching and research activities but are not enrolled as students at the UW or abroad. They hold a UW appointment and generally require a temporary, non-immigrant visa to enter the U.S.

International Scholars Operations (ISO) processes requests for visa sponsorship, provides training and guidance to UW academic units, and supports international scholars in compliance with their visas.

For questions about visas, including relevant academic appointments, contact the ISO team.

Campus departments that sponsor international scholars for visas undertake several obligations. These include, but are not limited to:

  • 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
  • Emailing acadvisa@uw.edu in advance of changes in the scholar’s start or end date, financial support, appointment title, percent of FTE, worksite location and the like

Visa-Related News and Announcements

Further Updates to the Visa Request Tool Tue, Mar 1, 2022 On Friday, March 4, OAP will update our visa request tool. To perform the update there will be a scheduled outage from 12-2pm when the tool, including all visa request forms, will be unavailable. Significant improvements include: New “Viewer” access for unit administrators: When submitting any visa request, and at any time after, unit administrators...
Updates to the Visa Request Tool Mon, Nov 22, 2021 On Monday, November 29, OAP will update our visa request tool. To perform the update there will be a scheduled outage from 3-3:30pm when the tool, including visa request forms, will be unavailable. Significant changes include: All visa request forms will now collect the scholar’s Employee ID (if known), allowing easier record-keeping and reconciliation The...
OAP Visa Processing Fee Increases Wed, Nov 10, 2021 Effective December 1, 2021, the following visa-related fee increases will apply: Visa request fees for J-1s, H-1Bs, TNs, and E-3s will increase to $521 (from $300) Amendment fees for J-1 documents (DS-2019s) will increase to $105 (from $65) O-1 and EB-1B hourly visa case management fees will increase to $115 (from $75) Visa requests that...