The J-1 visa classification is part of the US Department of State’s (DOS) Exchange Visitor Program (EVP). For more information about the J-1 program review U.S. Department of State’s Website. This program includes sixteen different categories of Exchange Visitors. In addition to enrolling international students in the J-1 student category, Purchase College in collaboration with SUNY System J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is authorized to use the following two categories for visiting foreign scholars:

For Interested Foreign Scholars

Interested foreign scholars must contact a Purchase College Department Directly to inquire about possible opportunities. Once approved by a department, that department will contact the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) to begin the necessary paperwork needed for your time here at Purchase. This includes the paperwork needed to obtain a J-1, and if applicable, J-2 Visa. Purchase College does not provide fully funded Foreign Scholar opportunities.

For Departments Interested in Inviting a Foreign Scholar

OIPS assist departments with understating visa restrictions and processing procedures for visiting foreign scholars.  Departments interested in inviting a Foreign Scholar to the Purchase Community must provide the OIPS Adequate time to arrange for a J-1 visa processing. Most departments will begin this process 2-3 months prior to a scholar’s expected arrival. Visa processing cannot be done with less than 6 weeks notice to arrival.

In addition to the paperwork required by a department to begin a visa invitation, departments must be willing to provide:

  • A faculty liaison — this liaison should be willing to be available for on-boarding activities and introductions and may play a mentor role for the scholar navigating the American academic environment.
  • Arrangements with basic HR forms to provide various access to the Purchase Community (ID card, library access, WiFi access, etc.).
  • Physical desk space in the department (perhaps similar to what is provided for an Adjunct).
  • A welcoming atmosphere. It is easy for a new member of a department to feel a little disconnected from the Purchase College Community. This is especially true for scholars that are here for short periods of time.

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