The Exchange Visitor Program

The purpose of the J-1 visa is to increase mutual understanding and strengthen ties between the U.S. and other countries through educational and cultural exchange. The University of Washington sponsors J-1 exchange visitors for a variety of educational purposes including teaching, research, observation, and consultation. In order to be eligible for J-1 sponsorship, you must meet all eligibility requirements, which include:

  • Full-time appointment in an appropriate academic title
  • Adequate funding
  • Health insurance meeting the legal requirements
  • Documented English proficiency
  • Cultural exchange plans

J-1 Categories of Participation

You have been assigned a J-1 category of participation, based on the nature and duration of your activity at the UW. This category is listed in item 4 of your DS-2019 and should not be confused with your UW academic appointment title. Exchange visitor categories available to international scholars at the UW include: Professor, Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar, and Specialist. Your activities in the U.S. must remain consistent with your category. You will not be able to change your category after you have entered the U.S. Depending on your category, you may be subject to a 12- or 24-month bar on repeat participation.


Your workplace rights

Review your workplace rights in the United States.

Mandatory Remote J-1 Check-In