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J-1 Visas: Time Limitation

Category Minimum Duration of Stay Maximum Duration of Stay Other
Government Visitor None 18 months  
Research Scholar 3 weeks 5 years Subject to 12-month and 24-month bars
Short-term Scholar None 6 months No Extensions possible. Not subject to 24-month bar.
Specialist 3 weeks 1 year No Extensions possible.
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12-month Bar (previous participation as a J-1 Exchange Visitor)

To be eligible for a J-1 program in the Professor or Research Scholar category, participants CANNOT be in the United States in another J-visa program category for any part of the 12-month period preceding the start date of the program as indicated on the Form DS-2019. Exceptions: The 12-month bar can be waived if the participant 1) was present in the United States less than 6 months during that period; or 2) participated in the Short-Term Scholar category.

12-month Bar (previous participation as a J-1 Exchange Visitor)

To be eligible for a J-1 program in the Professor or Research Scholar category, participants CANNOT be in the United States in another J-visa program category for any part of the 12-month period preceding the start date of the program as indicated on the Form DS-2019. Exceptions: The 12-month bar can be waived if the participant 1) was present in the United States less than 6 months during that period; or 2) participated in the Short-Term Scholar category.

24-month Bar (previous participation as a Professor or Research Scholar)

To be eligible for a J-1 program in the Professor and Research Scholar category, participants CANNOT be in the United States as a J-1 Professor or Research Scholar Program participant for any part of the 24-month period preceding the start date of the program as indicated on the Form DS-2019. There are no exceptions to this rule.

30-Day Grace Period

Program duration times are limited to dates on the DS-2019, not to exceed the maximum program periods described above. However, Exchange Visitors may enter the USA up to 30 days before the official program start date and exit the USA up to 30 days after the official end date. During these 30-day grace periods, the visitor may travel or prepare for departure. However, it is not permissible to engage in any official duties or employment during these 30-day grace periods.


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If you have any questions, please contact:
Brenda Dean, International Visitor Program Coordinator , Responsible Officer
Tel: (202) 219-9774
Fax: (202) 208-0873
Email: bdean@fs.fed.us

Rima Eid, Program Specialist, Alternate Responsible Officer
Tel: (202) 208-3785
Fax: (202) 273-6570

Email: reid@fs.fed.us

Misty Sidhu, Program Specialist, Tax Specialist Tel: (202) 273-3324 Fax: (202) 273-4750 Email: msidhu@fs.fed.us

Kristin Corcoran, Program Specialist
Tel: (202) 273-4733
Fax: (202) 273-6570

Email: kcorcoran@fs.fed.us


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