The Exchange Visitor Program is managed by the U.S. Department of State. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. Illinois State University is an immigration sponsor of the Exchange Visitor Program. Exchange visitors have J-1 Visa immigration status.
J-1 exchange visitors must all be engaged in their programs full-time according to the Code of Federal Regulations—at least 32 hours per week.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) creates the immigration form (DS-2019) needed to apply for the J-1 visa.
Visiting professors must be researchers or professors at home, or have similar expertise and qualifications. At minimum, they must have a bachelor's degree. (To invite undergraduate students, ask about the J-1 Student Intern category.) They must prove English proficiency and adequate funding to cover cost-of-living expenses while in Bloomington-Normal.
Visiting professors are eligible to stay in the U.S. from 3 weeks to 5 years depending on the program.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) requires that Exchange Visitors have sufficient funds to cover all of their expenses.
Visiting professors can be self-funded; they do not need to be employed or funded by ISU.
Visiting professors may only engage in employment or receive payments or reimbursements when related to their ISU program for which they have received prior written authorization. Receiving anything in return for services rendered (consulting, presenting) such as pay, free airfare, free hotel stay or lodging, etc., constitutes an employment relationship according to ICE. Any employment must be preapproved by an International Advisor.