Overview of the J-1 Visa Category
The J-1 was created to promote academic, cultural, and scientific exchange between the visitor and the host country. J-1 exchange visitor visa status is available to scholars to engage in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return to their home countries to share their experiences, as well as encouraging their colleagues in the United States to participate in educational and cultural programs abroad. UHCL may host visitors as students, researchers, professors, short-term scholars, interns, and specialists (pending approval from UH Main). These programs can be valid for multi-week to multi-year periods, but regardless of the duration of the program, scholars must focus on the specific goals of the program for the duration of their stay in J-1 statuses. Their dependents (i.e., a legally married spouse or child under the age of 21) come with a J-2 visa. International scholars who come to UHCL to do research or to teach usually come as Exchange Visitors with a J-1 visa.