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Inviting a Visiting Professor

Inviting an international faculty member to teach at IUP as a visiting professor is not difficult but requires coordination and communication among several offices:

  • College Dean
  • Department Chair
  • J Advisor in Office of International Education
  • Human Resources

After discussion with the above offices, the following documents must be submitted to the Office of International Education in a timely manner for the proper invitation packet to be created and sent via airmail (seven to twenty-one days depending on country).

  • Original invitation letter from college dean
  • Original invitation letter from department chair
  • Appointment authorization and/or contract from Human Resources
  • Completed DS-2019 Request Form (visiting professor must complete)
  • Dependent information, if applicable
  • Proof of additional financial support, if applicable

With regard to immigration, visiting professors are sponsored by IUP with a DS-2019, which enables the visiting professor to apply for a J-1 visa at the closest American embassy and/or consulate in his/her home country. This process can take weeks, and, unfortunately, IUP cannot guarantee that visiting professors will obtain the J-1 visa.

Before the visa application, the visiting professor will have to pay the $180 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee. The I-901 SEVIS payment must be completed a minimum of seventy-two hours before the visa appointment. IUP does not pay for either the SEVIS fee or visa application fee.

Please note that all J-1 visa holders and J-2 dependents must have appropriate health insurance as required by the Department of State. A brochure and Office of International Education invitation letter outlining the minimum requirements will be sent to the visiting professor.

Please print the PDF form and submit to the Office of International Education.

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