The J visa’s formal name is the Exchange Visitor Program and is governed by the U.S. Department of State. The Program was created to “…promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange…” At Yale scholars use the J visa for official appointments such as visiting faculty, postdoctoral or postgraduate fellows and associates, as well as other temporary academic appointments. The spouse and dependent children of a J-1 student hold J-2 status and can usually obtain permission from DHS to work in the U.S. To learn more about how the Department of State runs the J Exchange Visitor Program please watch a short video or read the information posted on their web site.
Before coming to New Haven it is important for you to communicate directly with your host department at Yale regarding your arrival date, and details of how to begin your appointment. In addition please be sure to read your Yale appointment/offer letter carefully, and ask the department if you have any concerns about the salary, benefits, lab or office set-up and expectation of work schedule. There are many additional resources for new scholars to help in your transition to Yale found here.
If you do not understand the terms of your Yale appointment, or if you still have unanswered questions, please contact your advisor in OISS. If you ever have any immigration question OISS should be your first resource. We are happy to help you understand the complexities of U.S. immigration policies.
Contact the Department of State
As an Exchange Visitor (J-1) your visa is governed by the U.S. Department of State (DOS.) The Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration Academic and Government Programs (OPA-AG) monitors and enforces full compliance with Department regulations and policies with a focus on exchange visitors’ health, safety, and well-being; and responds to complaints and incidents. At any point prior to coming to Yale, or during your program, you should feel free to contact the DOS using the information below.
J-1 Visa Application
J-1 Visa Regulations