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J-1 Exchange Visitors


The J Exchange Visitor Program was developed to implement the mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act) of 1961. The overall purpose of that Act, and the objective of the Exchange Visitor category, is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. The J Students and Scholars are under the Department of State. The Exchange Visitor Program includes 19 different categories, URI sponsors the following J-1 categories:

  • Intern: The student intern is a foreign national enrolled in and pursuing a degree at an accredited post-secondary academic institution outside the United States and is participating in a student internship program in the United States that will fulfill the educational objectives for his or her current degree program at his or her home institution.
  • Professor: The Professor category represents a foreign national that is primarily teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting at post-secondary accredited educational institutions, museums, libraries, or similar type of institutions.EV in the professor category cannot be placed “on a tenure track” teaching position.However, s/he could participate on a visiting capacity, on a normally tenure track position (temporarily).
  • Research Scholar: The Research Scholar category represents a foreign national that is primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project.The research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor.EV cannot be placed “on a tenure track,” but could serve on a visiting capacity on a normally tenure track position (temporarily).
  • Student non-degree, Student Bachelors, Student Masters, Student Doctorate: The definition of a international student (J-1) according to the Department of Homeland Security, is "an alien having a residence in a foreign country which s/he has no intention of abandoning, who is a bona fide student qualified to pursue a full course of study and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study."

Each category has a minimum and maximum period of program participation eligibility; this period can range from 3 weeks to 60 months. OISS is the office responsible for issuing the immigration forms for all Exchange Visitors at URI once they have been admitted to URI (students), offered a temporary short-term job, and/or join a research group to collaborate in a joint project..

The University of Rhode Island • Office of International Students & Scholars • International Center • 37 Lower College Road; Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881


International Student Orientation
Date: September 6, 2010

Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM:

           Graduate Students

          12:00 NOON to 2:00 PM:

          Undergraduate Students

Place: Multi-Cultural Center

March 18, 2010
Reporting responsibilities of F-1 International Students while on (OPT)

February 1, 2010
Spring 2010 OPT workshop schedules are announced.

Spring 2010
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