Faculty & Scholars

J-1 Exchange Students: Please contact the students’ advisors here.


J-1 Exchange Visitors (Research Scholar, Professor, Short-term Scholar):

ISSS provides assistance in obtaining appropriate visas for individuals who hold academic appointments from the Provost’s office. Individuals with visiting or short term appointments may be eligible for J-1 Exchange Visitor status. Faculty members on tenure-track or long term appointments are not eligible for J-1 Exchange Visitor status. In some cases, special circumstances or a person’s nationality will make other options possible.  To discuss visa options for international faculty and research scholars, please contact ISSS.

Please review the pages in this section regarding J-1 concepts, and click on “Int’l Employees” above for information about the H-1B category. Or contact our International Scholar Coordinator here for additional questions. . Please allow 7 business days for responses.

Consult the program overview here.


Some preliminary notes before your start the process:


Requests for J-1 Exchange Visitors should be submitted to ISSS at least 90 days before the proposed start date to allow sufficient time for application processing and visa acquisition.

Exchange Visitors (EVs) from certain countries, including China and Iran, routinely face additional scrutiny during the visa application process. Departments inviting EVs from those countries should initiate the process with ISSS at least 12 months before the proposed start date.

For paid positions only: the timelines above start only after you have received the appointment letter for faculty positions or the offer letter for staff positions via PageUp.

Click here for host department instructions

Click here for incoming Exchange Visitor (EV) instructions

UMBC Scholar Portal

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