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International Services

Research Scholars

 J-1 visa status requirements for research scholars, an individual primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project.

The research scholar may also teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor. Research scholars are limited to those individuals who have completed a terminal degree in their respective field. All requests must be made directly from the academic department.


Minimum Duration: 3 weeks
Maximum Duration: 5 years

Research Scholar/Professor Eligibility:

The following criteria must be met for the J-1 short term scholar category:

  1. The program is suitable to the exchange visitor’s background, needs, and experience.
  2. Scholars are expected to have appropriate academic or similar credentials.
  3. The exchange visitor possesses sufficient proficiency in the English language.
  4. Possesses adequate financial resources to support an accompanying spouse and dependents, if any.

Research Scholar Program

Request for DS-2019 Procedures

Once accepted to an official university exchange program, the following steps must be completed.

Exchange Visitor Required Processing Fee

Our exchange visitors are responsible to pay the $75.00 J-1 Exchange Visitor Fee.

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What Should be Submitted by the Academic Institution

  1. Letter of Invitation from Supporting Department
    • Must be on official university letterhead
    • Must be signed by the University Dean
    • Must include the research scholars name, purpose of coming to Adelphi and respective duties
    • Must include an entry and exit date for their research at Adelphi University
    • Must include any costs that will be provided by the University to the scholar and any costs the research scholar must provide to the University
    • Must include the research scholars Adelphi supervising representative and contact information
  2. Updated CV
  3. Documentation of completion of Terminal Degree and Proof of Adequate Credentials
  4. Description of Program detailing activities scholar will be engaging in including a timeline of events.
  5. English Proficiency Report (PDF) signed by both the inviting faculty member and academic dean indicating adequate English language skills to enable the scholar to successfully participate in the program and function independently in the community.

What Should be Submitted by the Applicant

  1. Form DS-2019: Request for a Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (PDF)
  2. Affidavit of Support for Exchange Visitor Visa (J-1) (PDF)
    • Completed by the financial sponsor of the exchange visitor
    • Must be notarized by a legal notary public
    • Must include the amount of sponsorship being offered which includes all fees, living expenses (room and board), travel expenses and supplies. (An average estimate is $1,850 per month of stay).
  3. Supporting Financial Documentation
    • This includes an official bank statement or official bank letter attesting to the funds available for the respective J-1 research scholar.
    • The bank documentation must be labeled with the same name in English as the affidavit of support
    • All documents must be in their original format in English, no photocopies accepted
  4. Copy of the exchange visitor’s passport identification page
  5. Signed insurance guarantee (PDF) and proof of sufficient insurance as per federal regulations


Once all required information is received, reviewed and approved, the Office of International Services will issue the DS-2019 form necessary to apply for the J-1 exchange visitor visa. Processing these requests will take 1–3 weeks.

Each J-1 is responsible for any applicable university fees and expenses.
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Insurance Coverage Requirements

Proper insurance is required of each exchange visitor and all accompanying spouses and dependents covering sickness or accidents during the time of their exchange visitor program.

» See minimum required insurance benefits [22 CFR 62.14]

For further information, please contact:

International Services
Post Hall, Room 203
p – 516.877.4990
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