WHAT IS THE J-1 SCHOLAR STATUS?
The J-1 status is a non-immigrant status that allows academic institutions to bring international scholars to the U.S. to participate in research, teaching and study in support of the objectives of public diplomacy and mutual educational and cultural exchange.
UW–Madison is approved by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to serve as a J-1 sponsor for international scholars to participate in research, teaching and degree programs at UW–Madison. The J-1 scholar categories at UW–Madison are Research Scholar, Professor, Short-term Scholar, and Specialist. All decisions relating the employee’s J-1 program must be made by the department including choosing the category, the dates of the program, and the duties. IFSS, in partnership with the host department, are required to “ensure that the activities in which exchange visitors are engaged are consistent with the category and activity listed on their Forms DS-2019.” 22 CFR § 62.10(d)(1)