J-1 status is appropriate for visiting researchers and professors coming to Illinois Tech for short to medium durations of time. Those on J-1 status are called J-1 Exchange Visitors.  The Department of State created the J-1 Exchange Visitor category to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.”

Host Department and Supporting Documents

The Illinois Tech host department collects information from the prospective J-1 visitor and submits the request forms and supporting documents to the International Center. The request is reviewed by the International Center and a DS-2019 is produced for the individual.


J-1 Exchange Visitors may receive a salary or stipend from various parties. They can receive funding from Illinois Tech, the government, private organizations, their current place of employment (outside the U.S.), or personal funds. The funding must meet the current living expense requirements. This requirement is currently $1,400/month or $16,800/year and does not include childcare or health care costs.

Health Insurance

According to J-1 Department of State regulations, all Exchange Visitors must maintain sufficient health insurance during the duration of their J-1 status.

J-1 Scholar Categories

Within the J-1 status there are several J-1 scholar categories.  Each category has its own requirements and restrictions. The International Center will work with the departments to determine what category best fits the program. J-1 scholars are not eligible for tenure-track positions.