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.

For Canadians Special Note For Canadians:
Canadian citizens do not need to apply for a U.S. visa and can enter the U.S. with the appropriate immigration document (e.g. DS-2019 for J-1 status, I-797 approval notice for H-1B.)

When to Apply

You must apply for your visa well in advance of your arrival as it can in some instances take several months and occasionally longer to obtain the J-1 scholar visa.

Pre-Application Checklist

Important Note:
Do not book a flight or make travel plans until you have your visa in hand.

The Application Process

When to Contact Us

  • If the U.S. embassy or consulate has any questions regarding your Yale appointment, please contact OISS.
  • If your visa application is delayed or denied for any reason, please contact OISS and your Yale host department immediately.

Safe travels and we look forward to meeting you when you arrive in New Haven!