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For UMaine Departments - Sponsoring a Visiting Professor or Researcher

Overview of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Category:

The primary purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa is to foster the exchange of ideas between Americans and foreign nationals and to stimulate international collaborative teaching and research efforts. The J-1 visa is the easiest and quickest visa to get, but it has certain limitations which must be considered when bringing foreign faculty members and researchers to the University. For example, the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa status is reserved for lecturers, visiting faculty, and researchers typically coming to the U.S. from abroad for appointments of five years or less and who have not been in J-1 status within the previous 24 months. The J-1 Visa may not be used for tenured positions.

To Request Visa Documents for a J-1 Exchange Visitor:

Please use the following form if you wish to request the necessary visa-related documentation to bring a foreign scholar to the University of Maine under the Exchange Visitor (J-1) Program:

J1 Exchange Visitor Request Form

Please submit the form and supporting documentation electronically when possible to

When you submit the form to the Office of International Programs, we will issue a Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 Status (DS-2019) to the scholar.

When the Exchange Visitor Arrives:

Entry Requirements & Check-in:

Your J-1 Exchange Visitor must enter the US within 30 days of the start date of the DS2019.  Once the Exchange Visitor arrives he or she will need to make an appointment with the Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services for a mandatory check-in.  Please call 207-581-3423 to make the appointment.

MaineStreet ID:

If your J-1 Exchange Visitor is not receiving funds from the University of Maine you may wish to complete a Person of Interest form with the Office of Human Resources.  This will allow the visitor to be coded in MaineStreet, giving him or her greater access to University of Maine academic resources.  You can download the Person of Interest Form here but it must be returned to John Young in the Office of Human Resources.  Fax: 207-581-2373 or email:

Insurance Requirements:

The Department of State mandates that all J-1 Exchange Visitors have health insurance coverage that meets certain standards.  Please discuss this with your potential visitor so that he or she is aware of this requirement.  The minimum coverage limits are:  $500,000 basic medical benefit per accident or illness,  $7,500 for repatriation of remains, $10,000 for emergency medical evacuation to the home country.  Deductible per accident or illness should not exceed $500.  



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Last Modified On December 17, 2013

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