We are here to help you, before and throughout your stay at IU

More than 1,100 international faculty, staff, and visitors come to IU each year. They share their knowledge, research, teach, work on projects, and more. Some stay for short visits, and others stay for extended periods. The Office of International Services (OIS) provides guidance for all international scholars, and we look forward to assisting you.

We will help you get to Indiana University and complete important paperwork on time. We will also help you make the most of your time here by adjusting to American culture, participating in events and programs, and connecting with the community. You can always contact us to ask questions or to get assistance. Our assistance begins with your visa.

On December 1, 2020, in Chamber of Commerce, et al., v. DHS, et al., a court ruled that the DHS and DOL H-1B wage rules were “promulgated in violation of 5 U.S.C section 553(b),” the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California set aside the DHS interim final rule, Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program, and the DOL interim final rule, Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.

We continue to monitor the situation and will contact departments/individuals who may have been affected by the two rules that have been set aside.


Indiana University was part of the lawsuit filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that challenged the new rules. We commend the court for its ruling.

Visa options

International faculty, staff, and visitors who come to Indiana University have several nonimmigrant visa options. The appropriate visa type will depend on the nature and purpose of the visit.

We know it may be confusing to know which visa type is most appropriate.

Contact us for help

A visa is a stamp in your passport that allows you to request permission to enter the United States. Your status is your immigration status. The I-94 Arrival/Departure Record indicates your current status in the United States, which may be different from your visa type. You need to maintain your visa and I-94 Arrival/Departure Record throughout your time here in order to stay in the United States—and we will help you do that.

For individuals coming to IU through an OVPIA-approved partnership agreement

Where there is an official agreement in place between institutions for the specific purpose of educational and cultural exchange, a J-1 visa is almost always required. However, in some limited circumstances the nature and purpose of the visit to IU may be consistent with the B1/B2 visitor visa or the Visa Waiver Program.

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