The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program enables foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to study, research, train, and more. The purpose of the program is to enhance skills, expand knowledge, and promote international exchange. Program length varies from a few weeks to several years.
The purpose of the J-1 Degree-Seeking Category is to complete a full-time academic degree-seeking program at the University at Buffalo.
The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Student Category is to complete a full-time course of study at the University at Buffalo as a part of a formal reciprocal agreement between the student's home university and the University at Buffalo.
The purpose of the J-1 Student Intern category is to participate in a U.S. internship that will fulfill the educational objectives for their current degree program at an academic institution outside the U.S. The internship must consist of a minimum of 32 hours of work per week.
The purpose of the J-1 Student Non-Degree category is to participate in prescribed course of study at the University at Buffalo. The prescribed course of study should be equivalent to a full-time workload.
*Program pre-approval by ISS is required before students can be invited to participate in this category.
If you apply for a waiver of the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement (INA 212e), and your waiver is recommended in writing by the U.S. Department of State (“No Objection Statement”) or you receive Form I-612 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you are no longer eligible for any J-1 benefits (DS-2019 Extension, Academic Training, SEVIS Transfer, etc.). Therefore, please consult with ISS before applying for the waiver.