Applying for a Visa

Yale University has been approved by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 Exchange Visitors participating in academic research, teaching and observation at Yale. Scholars use the Exchange Visitor program for official appointments such as visiting faculty, postdoctoral or postgraduate fellows and associates, as well as other temporary academic appointments.

The J-1 visa cannot be used for ladder-track or tenured appointments as well as Managerial and Professional (M&P) or Clerical and Technical (C&T) positions.

In most cases, M.D. students and scholars are prohibited from engaging in any clinical activities during Yale's J-1 Exchange Visitor visa sponsorship. International medical graduates often use the J-1 visa sponsorship of another agency: the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for clinical residency and fellowships.

Steps in J-1 Process

  • The host Yale department must determine that the individual has the appropriate academic credentials, funding support and English language proficiency.
  • The department requests a Yale appointment title, and submits data via ISD to OISS.
  • OISS prints a Form DS-2019 which is mailed to the scholar.
  • SEVIS Fee must be paid

For more details about obtaining a visa stamp from a U.S. consulate or embassy visit the J Travel page.