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J-1 Scholar Program at Buffalo State
J-1 status is primarily for students who come to the United States to participate in an exchange program, generally for a year or less.
The Exchange Visitor Program is designed to bring scholars, researchers, professors, and specialists to the United States for a variety of educational and cultural exchange purposes. These individuals are often under the sponsorship of an agency or organization that has been designated as an exchange visitor sponsor by the U.S. government. SUNY Buffalo State has been granted this designation and, accordingly, is authorized to issue the Form DS-2019, the form used by the prospective Exchange Visitor to apply for their J-1 visa. The J-1 visa is set apart from all other non-immigrant visa classes by its underlying philosophy of educational and cultural exchange.
International Student and Scholar Services provides the following:
Faculty Sponsor assists the J-1 Scholars with:
Arrival of Visiting Scholars
The Office of Global Engagement should be notified by email as to when the scholar will be arriving to Buffalo.
The scholar should arrange for an appointment to meet with The Office of Global Engagement prior to their arrival. This meeting will include an orientation discussing J-1 visa holder responsibilities and all logistics concerning paperwork. It is up to the faculty mentor as to whether or not they would like to attend this meeting, however it is encouraged so that there is understanding of all responsibilities.
The scholar should arrive to the meeting prepared with their DS-2019, passport, visa, health insurance payment and the administrative fee payment.
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