J-1 Exchange Visitor
Exchange visitors in J-1 status come to the U.S. to promote international educational and cultural exchange in order to develop mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. It is the most common visa for international scholars at Princeton. Princeton University has been authorized by the U.S. Department of State as an exchange visitor sponsor program for individuals in the following categories: Professor, Research Scholar, Short term Scholar, Specialist (and Student).
The Professor category is commonly used for Visiting Professors, Visiting Associate Professors, Visiting Assistant Professors Lecturers and Visiting Lecturers. The J cannot be used for tenure track or tenured appointments. J Professors are expected to primarily teach but they can conduct research.
The Research Scholar category is used for appointments such as Postdoctoral Research Associate, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate, Associate Research Scholar, Visiting Associate Research Scholar, Senior Research Associate, and Associate Professional Specialist. Research Scholars are expected to primarily conduct research but they can teach.
The Specialist category is used for those who are defined as experts in the field of specialized knowledge or skills and who visit the U.S. for the purpose of observing, consulting, or demonstrating their special skills.
The Short-term Scholar category is used for those appointed to any of the DOF teaching or research titles for a time period of up to 6 months. No extensions beyond 6 months are allowed.