J-1 Scholar Eligibility

Yale University has been approved by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 Exchange Visitors participating in academic research, teaching and observation at Yale. Scholars use the Exchange Visitor program for official appointments such as visiting faculty, postdoctoral or postgraduate fellows and associates, as well as other temporary academic appointments.

The J-1 visa cannot be used for ladder-track or tenured appointments as well as Managerial and Professional (M&P) or Clerical and Technical (C&T) positions.

In most cases M.D. students and scholars are prohibited from engaging in any clinical activities during Yale's J-1 Exchange Visitor visa sponsorship. International medical graduates often use the J-1 visa sponsorship of another agency; the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for clinical residency and fellowships.

Basic Eligibility for Yale J Visa Sponsorship


The host Yale department must determine that the individual has the appropriate academic credentials, as well as English language proficiency, for the temporary academic appointment.


The host Yale department must provide evidence of financial support (either Yale funds or outside funding) for all expenses, including additional financial support for any accompanying family members.


The exchange visitor and his or her accompanying family members must maintain health insurance which provides coverage for sicknesses or accidents during the entire J-1 period of time of stay.