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Hosting Special International Programs

The Center for Global Programs and Services (CGPS) is available to advise University departments on the development and sponsorship of special programs that host international visitors at UD. Our immigration specialists can provide guidance on relevant U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) immigration requirements and compliance standards and help determine the appropriate visa category for program participants. UD departments are encouraged to set up a consultation with CGPS by contacting the office at (302) 831-2115 or oiss@udel.edu

Document & Visa Categories

There are two main visa categories, F and J, for which the university has been designated by DHS and DOS to host international students and scholars. Listed below is a brief summary of the requirements, regulations and special circumstances involved in creating international students and scholar programs under these categories.

The F-1 student visa category is for individuals pursuing a "full course of study" to achieve a specific educational or professional objective at an academic institution in the United States. Students on F-1 visa must be matriculated into an approved academic or language training program designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the university’s SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) record. Immigration document issued by CGPS for F-1 student is the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status).

Activity: Must be an admitted Undergraduate or Graduate student, or admitted for English Language Training. English Language ability must be evaluated and student must meet all academic requirements for admission into the educational level. University of Delaware is not authorized by the government to bring F-1 students as non-degree seeking.

Funding: We must receive proof of funding from personal funds, family funds, or other sponsorship. Generally government sponsorships are not allowed (see CGPS for exceptions).

Restrictions: Must study full-time at all times, except during annual breaks. There are no restrictions on duration of stay, as long as the I-20 is valid and student is maintaining status.

The Exchange Visitor (J) non-immigrant visa category is for individuals approved to participate in work and study-based exchange visitor programs (EVP). The immigration document that Exchange Visitors will receive from CGPS to apply for a J-1 visa is a DS-2019 form (eligibility document). Visiting scholars in special programs can hold the following visa categories:

Immigration document issued by CGPS: DS-2019 Form.

Activity: A foreign national whose primary purpose is conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project at research institutions, post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions. A research scholar also may teach or lecture where authorized by the sponsor.

Restrictions:

  • Maximum duration of stay: 5 years

  • May be subject to the 2 year home residency requirement.

  • 24 month bar on repeat participation

  • No K-12 involvement*

Immigration document issued by CGPS: DS-2019 Form.

Activity: A foreign national whose primary purpose is teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting at post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions. A professor also may conduct research where authorized by the sponsor.

Restrictions:

  • Maximum duration of stay: 5 years

  • May be subject to the 2 year home residency requirement.

  • 24 month bar on repeat participation

  • No K-12 involvement*

Immigration document issued by CGPS: DS-2019 Form.

Activity: A foreign national who is a professor, research scholar, or person with similar education or accomplishments who enters the United States for a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills at research institutions, post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions.

Restrictions:

  • Maximum duration of stay: 6 months

  • May be subject to the 2 year home residency requirement.

  • No K-12 involvement*

Immigration document issued by CGPS: DS-2019 Form.

Activity: A foreign national who is an expert in a field of specialized knowledge or skills who enters the United States for the purpose of observing, consulting, or demonstrating special knowledge or skills.

Restrictions:

  • Maximum duration of stay: 1 year

  • May be subject to the 2 year home residency requirement.

  • 12-month bar on repeat participation

Immigration document issued by CGPS: DS-2019 Form.

Activity: A student who attends full-time a non-degree academic program (post-secondary academic institution) with a specific educational objective. Such course of study may include intensive English language training, classroom instruction, research projects, and/or academic training up to 24 months. Such exchange is intended to promote mutual understanding by fostering the exchange of ideas between foreign students and their American counterparts. The prescribed course of study must be approved by CGPS, so it should be detailed and included with the application.

Restrictions:

  • Maximum stay: 2 years (24 months) and cannot matriculate in the US

  • Per Federal Regulations, 22 CFR 62.23(c)(1)-(5), funding must meet one of the following options:

    • The student or his or her program are financed directly or indirectly by: (i) The United States Government; (ii) The government of the student's home country; or (iii) An international organization of which the United States is a member by treaty or statute;

    • The program is carried out pursuant to an agreement between the United States Government and a foreign government;

    • The program is carried out pursuant to written agreement between: (i) American and foreign academic institutions;(ii) An American academic institution and a foreign government; or (iii) A state or local government in the United States and a foreign government;

    • The student is supported substantially by funding from any source other than personal or family funds; or

    • The student is participating in a student internship program.

  • No K-12 involvement*

IMPORTANT NOTE: When hosting J-1 EV at the University of Delaware, UD Departments are required to comply with US Department of State regulations and CGPS policies during the entire duration of the EV program. To read a list of special requirements, please refer to the document entitled “J-1 Exchange Visitors – Guidance for UD Departments” on the Forms webpage. In addition, a detailed list of responsibilities can be found on the Hosting Scholars webpage.

*K-12 important notice: Exchange visitors under the Professor, Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar or other university level categories are not permitted to conduct activities or programs in pre-schools, primary and secondary school systems, summer camps, or other local community activities for K-12 students.

Special Considerations and Requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors

In order to be eligible to participate in an Exchange Visitor Program, the prospect J-1 EV must:

  • Be eligible and qualified for, and accepted into, the program in which he or she will participate;

  • Possess adequate financial resources to participate in and complete his or her exchange visitor program; and

  • Possess adequate financial resources to support an accompanying spouse and dependents, if any.

The basic requirements for the health insurance of J-1 VISA holders and their J-2 dependents, as set forth in U.S. Department of State regulations are the following:

  • The J-1 and their dependents must have health insurance for their entire period of stay in the United States

  • The insurance coverage must provide:

    • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness,

    • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000

    • Expenses associated with medical evacuation to home country in the amount of $50,000 and

    • Deductibles that do not exceed $500 per accident or illness.

    • The health insurance must cover all accompanying J-2 dependents, with exactly the same terms

  • Proof of health insurance is required during the EV government check-in with CGPS. CGPS cannot activate SEVIS records without proof of health insurance.

In addition to the basic biographical information, the Department of State (DOS) requires all program sponsors to submit the following in SEVIS for both the J-1 EV and the J-2 dependents:

  • City of Birth;

  • Country of Birth;

  • Country of Permanent Residency;

  • Country of Citizenship;

  • Email Address;

  • Email Address for J-2 dependents who are older than 14 years of age;

  • Address for site(s) of activity

For UD Departments interested in hosting J-1 EVs as a visiting scholar in the categories of Research Scholar, Professor, Short-Term Scholar, or Specialist, please always refer to the Hosting Scholars webpage. Exchange Visitors in these categories cannot submit a request directly to CGPS. Once all required documents are received, CGPS will prepare a DS2019 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor J-1 Status) and send it to the exchange visitor along with instructions on paying the SEVIS fee and applying for a visa at a U.S. consulate. Consular processing times vary by country and city. Therefore, to allow for timely processing times, please submit visiting scholar requests to CGPS at least 6 weeks prior to the proposed start date at the University.

If you have questions about any of the aforementioned information regarding the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, please contact CGPS.

 

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ISSS Disclaimer: The information contained on this web site is provided as a service to international students, faculty, staff, employees, and administrators at the University of Delaware, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax, or other matter. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of official counsel. For assistance on your immigration status, we encourage you to contact an ISS advisor for specific guidance at oiss@udel.edu.