International Visitors of less than 9 days

Visitors of less than 9 days who are engaging in "usual academic activity" may qualify for a B-1 visa (Business), B-2 visa (Tourism), or, if from a qualifying country, enter the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program and be awarded a stipend, honorarium, or travel reimbursement. These visas do not require sponsorship by JMU. "Usual academic activity" refers to lecturing, teaching, consulting, or otherwise sharing knowledge, experience, or skills in master classes, and performances that are open to the general public, free of charge. More, very important, information regarding how to process payments or reimbursements for short-term international visitors can be found on the payroll website

Visiting Professors

Departments occasionally host visiting international professors to teach courses on a temporary basis, participate in a residency, attend a training session, or as part of a faculty exchange program.  Any visiting professors whose activities will last longer than 9 days and are receiving any form of compensation will need to obtain a J-1 visa. Visiting professors are allowed to teach or give occasional lectures at other universities as well, but approval for this must be given first by the ISSS office.

If a Department is interested in bringing an international scholar to JMU under the J-1 visa sponsorship, a Request to Host J-1 Visa International Exchange Visitor must be completed and returned to International Student and Scholar Services, MSC 5731.

Visiting Research Scholars

International faculty whose main purpose of coming to JMU is to perform research are considered to be research scholars. Research scholars coming to JMU for a period longer than 9 days will need to obtain a J-1 visa. Research scholars must have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree and are permitted to conduct research, and deliver occasional lectures at other universities as well, but permission must be given by the ISSS office first.

If a Department is interested in bringing an international scholar to JMU under the J-1 visa sponsorship, a Request to Host J-1 Visa International Exchange Visitor must be completed and returned to International Student and Scholar Services, MSC 5731. 

International Interns

Students currently enrolled in a degree program abroad may be eligible to complete up to 12 months of an internship experience at JMU. However, the internship must fulfill the educational objectives of the degree program that he or she are currently enrolled in at their home institution. If your department is interested in hosting an international student intern, please email isss@jmu.edu for details about intern eligibility requirements and department responsibilities.

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