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Inviting a Research Scholar

Inviting an international colleague to IUP as a research scholar is not difficult but requires coordination and communication among several offices:

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

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).

  • Invitation PDF form
  • Original invitation letter from college dean
  • Original invitation letter from department chair
  • Completed DS-2019 Request Form (research scholar must complete)
  • Dependent information, if applicable
  • Proof of financial support

With regard to immigration, research scholars are sponsored by IUP with a DS-2019, which enables the research scholar 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 research scholars will obtain the J-1 visa.

Before the visa application, the research scholar 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 research scholar. 

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