The U.S. Department of State has designated the University of North Dakota as the program sponsor for Exchange Visitor Program No. P-1-01244. The University of North Dakota has participated in the Exchange Visitor Program since October 1952. Under this program, UND is allowed to issue a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form DS-2019 “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status” to enable foreign visitors who meet the eligibility criteria to apply for a J-1 visa and subsequently enter the United States.
The Department of State administers the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, as amended. The act promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange. The Exchange Visitor Program provides foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in the United States and then return home to share their experiences.
The Exchange Visitor Program for International Scholar Services at the University of North Dakota is managed by the Responsible Officer in the Office of International Programs. The Responsible Officer (the Associate Director of International Programs) is authorized to issue DS-2019 forms to persons who are to engage in UND’s J-1 program in the following categories:
A Professor is an individual who is primarily at UND to teach. A Professor may also conduct research. The minimum visit as a Professor is 3 weeks. The maximum stay is 5 years. After the completion of the program the individual is not eligible for another J-1 Professor or Research Scholar Program for 2 years.
J-1 Research Scholar
Research Scholar is an individual who is primarily at UND to conduct research. A Research Scholar may also teach. The minimum visit for a Research Scholar is 3 weeks. The maximum stay is 5 years. After the completion of the program the individual is not eligible for another J-1 Research Scholar or Professor Program for 2 years.
J-1 Short-Term Scholar
A Short-Term Scholar is an individual who is at UND to teach, research, observe, consult, conduct training, or demonstrate special skills. The minimum stay for a Short-Term Scholar is 1 day, and the maximum stay is 6 months (there are no possibilities for an extension).