Visas for Faculty, Staff & Visitors

We are here to help you, both before you come to IU and throughout your stay.

More than 1,100 international faculty, staff, and visitors come to IU each year. They share their knowledge, do research, 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 visiting 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. This assistance begins with your visa.

Visa types

International faculty, staff, and visitors who come to Indiana University have several nonimmigrant visa options.

J-1 Exchange Visitors

J-1 Exchange Visitor status may be used for professors and researchers (who may stay up to five years), specialists in a field (who stay one year or less), short-term scholars (who stay six months or less), and full-time students.

J-1 Student Interns

J-1 Intern status is for the student who is pursuing a degree in his or her home country and requires an internship in order to complete the degree program.

H-1B Specialty Workers

H-1B status is for professional positions that require a bachelor’s degree or higher in a specialty field. H-1B status can be granted for up to six years.

B1/B2 or WB/WT Visitors

Visitor status is for people who are coming to the United States for short-term business reasons or as tourists.

If you intend to pursue a longer stay in the United States, you can also learn about permanent residence.