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Office of International Services (OIS) Procedures
Sponsor a J-1 Exchange Visitor
Sponsor a J-1 exchange visitor.
University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) departments interested in inviting international researchers, faculty, or students who will be conducting research. These individuals may be funded either by UMB or by non-UMB sources. J-1 visa sponsorship is available for individuals who will be coming to UMB as:
- Scholar fellows (Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Fellow)
- Non-tenure track faculty
- Undergraduate students who will be conducting research with a UMB faculty member
For additional information and restrictions, please see the Office of International Services (OIS) website on J-1 Sponsorship.
- Seek an academic appointment from the appropriate office in your school or department (scholar fellows or non-tenure track faculty).
- For scholar fellows or non-tenure track faculty, complete the J-1 Scholar Request form for scholars paid by UMB, or the J-1 Scholar Request form for scholars not paid by UMB.
- Attach pages 1-4 of the J-1 Scholar Request form to be completed by the incoming scholar.
- If application is incomplete, OIS will reach out to the department.
- If a J-1 will be unable to arrive to UMB by the start date on the DS-2019, contact OIS as soon as possible and OIS can amend the incoming J-1's start date to ensure the SEVIS record will remain in good standing.
- All new J-1s at UMB must check-in with the OIS upon their arrival to UMB; they should come during walk-in advising hours (see OIS website) or schedule an appointment.
- The J-1 should bring their original passport, DS-2019, and health insurance information.
- If the J-1 fails to check-in with the OIS, they risk automatic inactivation of the J-1 SEVIS record.
- Enroll in the J-1 orientation offered monthly by OIS to assist all new J-I researchers and professors with community resources. Exchange visitors will receive an email invitation from the OIS.