A research scholar is anyone coming to the U.S. for the purpose of conducting research, delivering occasional lectures, etc. under the sponsorship of a U.S. institution. Research scholars coming to JMU for a period longer than 9 days will be sent a DS-2019 by JMU to obtain a J-1 visa. A J-1 visa holder is permitted employment only pursuant to the exchange program agreement under which s/he entered the United States, and at the location(s) noted on the DS-2019. A J-1 scholar/professor should refer to the written agreement with JMU to determine eligibility for employment. A copy of this agreement will be required by International Student and Scholar Services prior to the issuance of a DS-2019 and prior to the approval of employment documents at JMU.
If a Department is interested in bringing an international scholar to JMU under the J-1 visa sponsorship, a Background Form for J-1 Scholars must be completed and returned to International Student and Scholar Services, MSC 5731. Please note that visa application procedure sometimes takes four or more months, depending upon whether the Embassy has a backlog of visa application appointments and whether an extensive background check will be required, so you are urged to complete this paperwork as soon as possible.
In general, a J-1 Scholar may be employed only by the sponsoring institution. However, if the sponsoring institution gives prior permission, the Scholar may participate in occasional lectures or short-term consultations at a different institution. This additional employment must be incidental to the main purpose of the stay and must not cause a necessity for an extension of the DS-2019.
Prior to the visiting scholars arrival at JMU, departments should attend to all pertinent tasks identified on the Department Checklist for Sponsoring International Scholars.