Exchange visitor research scholars and professors
- ACU is able to host exchange visitor scholars and professors through the U.S. Department of State J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. The goals of the program are to foster the exchange of ideas and stimulate international collaborative teaching and research efforts in substantive fields.
- Departments interested in sponsoring an exchange visitor scholar or professor should complete the J-1 Scholar Department Sponsorship document and submit it to the OISVS at least 3 months prior to the proposed period of the visit.
- Please refer to the Best Practices for Hosting Exchange Visitors document.
- Exchange visitors come on non-immigrant visas and are not eligible for tenure-track appointments. Read more about the J-1 visa
Administrative Issues in Program Development
New programs must gain DHS approval before immigration documents may be issued for students to participate.
Approved programs must offer sufficient face to face classes each Fall and Spring semester for international students to maintain their status in the U.S. (see section II). Please submit this form to request a new program be approved by DHS for international student participation. After SACS accreditation has been approved, it can be submitted. Approval may take from 6-9 months.
If your new program is not located on the Abilene campus, please contact Lucy Dawson, as other complications relating to location exist.
Students may need work permission for required off-campus internships, practicum or other curricular work experiences.
Unpaid internships are often considered “work” by DHS since there are tasks performed that may be paid in other circumstances. For this reason, the OISVS recommends all international students involved in off-campus internships seek the proper work authorization prior to engaging in the internship. Students who serve in volunteer positions with a non-profit organization may not need work permission, but please check with the OISVS first before allowing an international student to serve in a volunteer role. Since faculty are not always aware of the international students in their classes, a suggested syllabus paragraph is provided below:
“The tasks performed in this internship experience may be considered “work” from an immigration standpoint. Therefore, all non-U.S. citizens are advised to obtain the proper work permission well before the internship begins. F-1 and J-1 international students should consult the Associate Director in the Office of International Students and Visiting Scholars concerning work authorization procedures as soon as possible.”
The U.S. Government pages Study In the States offers explanations about the international student regulations (F-1).
This U.S. Department of State website lists the J-1 regulations.
ACU’s H1B page is helpful for H1B employment visa information (to employ a foreign national at ACU)
The American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) laywer search tool is helpful to find a board certified immigration attorney.
Caveats and Conditions
This document does not contain a complete review of immigration regulations or address specific situations. Advisors, faculty and staff are advised to discuss any questions they may have with the OISVS. Please be aware that the regulations can and do change on a regular basis. This document should not be taken as legal advice; if legal advice is required, please contact an immigration attorney.
Please feel free to contact the staff of the OISVS anytime for assistance.