J-1 Exchange Visitor Categories

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Exchange visitor categories hosted at the University of South Alabama include: 

Short term scholars are professors, research scholars, specialists, or people with similar education and accomplishments who will be coming to the United States on a short term visit for lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills. The maximum program duration for a short term scholar is 6 months and the program cannot be extended.
Research scholars and professors are visitors who will primarily be engaging in research, lecturing, and teaching. Their maximum program duration is five years (with a minimum participation of three weeks). A research scholar or professor cannot be placed in a tenure track position.
Exchange visitor students are visitors who will be participating in an established exchange agreement between the University of South Alabama and the student's home institution. They are non-degree seeking students.
The Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is the sole sponsor of J-1 physicians in clinical training programs. The University of South Alabama J-1 program is not certified for any form of patient contact as part of professor or research scholar activities.  For programs considering patient contact, please contact the US DOS approved ECFMG program.