Center for Global Education
International Scholar & Student Services
Welcome to the International Scholar and Student Services (ISSS). This page provides information about J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and H-1B petition service for the international faculty at UT Tyler.
J-1 Exchange Scholars
If you are interested in becoming a J-1 scholar at UT Tyler, you must first find an academic department and a sponsoring professor that will support your academic endeavors. Once you have found a sponsoring professor to host you as a J-1 scholar, a request to issue your DS-2019 will be submitted to ISSS.
Please read the J-1 Visiting Scholar Program Guide carefully. The Guide contains important information about your pre-arrival and arrival at UT Tyler. It certainly will help you plan for your time in UT Tyler.
Upon Your Arrival at UT Tyler, All J-1 Exchange Visitors must attend the Orientation meeting hosted by ISSS. An Orientation Guide will be provided to you at Orientation.
The Exchange Visitor Program Welcome Brochure issued by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State of United States provides you the key information of the program, including rules, regulations, and contact information.
For more information about J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, please visit the Department of States website.
The J-1 Sponsoring Department
Inviting a J-1 Exchange Visitor to UT Tyler:
The J-1 Exchange Visitor status facilitates scholars, researchers and professors to come to the United States for temporary periods for the purpose of educational exchange. Any international visitor who has sufficient academic training to benefit from an academic or professional program at a U.S. college or university may be eligible for this status. Exchange visitors can be invited for a period of a few weeks up to five years.
As of April 1, 2013, all exchange visitor (J visa) trainee or intern visa applicants must have the new DS-7002 form (PDF) at the time of their visa interview.
More information about the J-1 visa process.
Requirements of the J-1 Visa Status
The initial request by the hiring department can be for up to a maximum of five years. Verification of financial support is required. Funding may be from the University, the Exchange Visitor's government, personal funds or a combination of these sources. Documents verifying financial support from a source other than UT should be emailed to ISSS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funding requirements for visiting professors and researchers are:
- $1,500/month (J-1)
- $450/month (J-2 spouse)
- $250/month (per J-2 child)
J-1 Exchange Visitors are required by U.S Department of State to hold sufficient insurance coverage throughout the duration of the program. Your insurance must meet the following requirements:
- Major Medical Coverage: $50,000 per accident/illness
- Deductible cannot exceed: $500
- Medical Evacuation: $10,000
- Repatriation of Remains: $ 7,500
Extending the J-1 Exchange Visitor's Stay at UT Tyler
To request an extension of the Exchange Visitor's program, the sponsoring professor must submit a letter to ISSS verifying the additional length of time and any funding that will be provided. For a checklist of information and materials that ISSS requires in order to process J-1 extensions, please see the J-1 Extension for Visiting Scholars handout.
ISSS processes H-1B petition for eligible international faculty at UT Tyler. The hiring department must initiate the H-1B request to ISSS to begin the application process. Processing times for an H-1B application can take up to six months, so it is encouraged to start the process as early as possible.
For more information for H-1B petition, please contact ISSS.
Office: ADM 360
International Scholar and Student Services
Center for Global Education, ADM 360
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799