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.
For more information on inviting exchange scholars, contact ISSS.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) creates the immigration form (DS-2019) needed to apply for the J-1 visa.
Scholars 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.
Research Scholars and Professors are eligible to stay in the U.S. from 3 weeks to 5 years depending on the program. Short-term (Research) Scholars may stay from 1 day to 6 months.
Scholars 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 ISSS.