of the International Services office would
like to congratulate you on your appointment and welcome
you to the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). The J-1 program is administered
by the United States Department of State, and RBHS
is one of many institutions which have been authorized
as J-1 program sponsors. Designated International Services staff members
serve as representatives, known as Responsible or
Alternate Responsible Officers (RO/ARO), who help
administer RBHS's Exchange Visitor's Program. It
is our hope that we will be able to assist you in
making a smooth transition to life in the U.S. and
Purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor's Program:
The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program's
(EVP) is to promote cultural and educational exchange
in order to develop mutual understanding between the
people of the United States and the people of other
Exchange Visitor's Program Categories:
You are coming to the U.S. as an exchange visitor
to pursue a specific program objective under a specific
category. Although there are many other categories,
RBHS-International Services is only authorized to sponsor EVs for
the following: Professor, Research Scholar, Short-term Scholar and Student.
The International Services office has assigned you a category based on
the description of the proposed activities provided
to us by your sponsoring department. The primary activity/program
objective for each of these categories is described
- Professor: Teaching, lecturing,
observing or consulting. A professor may also conduct
research unless the sponsor does not allow it.
- Research Scholar: Conducting
research, observing or consulting in connection
with a research project. The research scholar may
also teach or lecture unless the sponsor does not
- Short-Term Scholar: A professor, research scholar, specialist, or a person with similar education or accomplishments coming to the U.S. on a short-term of six (6) months or less visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills at research institutions, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions, or similar types of institutions.
- Student: Full-time studies leading
to a U.S. degree at a post-secondary accredited
educational institution or full-time studies in
a prescribed course/program leading to a degree
earned at a foreign institution of higher learning.
accordance with the Department of State's regulations,
all new Exchange Visitors (EVs) are required to go
through a J-1 orientation program. At RBHS, International Services is responsible for
providing this service. All new EVs arriving at RBHS
must attend a mandatory orientation
program within ten (10) business days or two weeks
of their arrival. J-2 dependents are encouraged to
attend this program if they will be in the U.S. for
more than one year.
The J-1 orientation is conducted
every two weeks on the Newark and New Brunswick campuses.
On the Newark and New Brunswick campus, orientation is conducted at
the International Services office every other Tuesday. Scholar's are assigned an orientation date in the welcome letter that accompanies the DS-2019 form. All orientation sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. Special arrangements will be made for any EV
arriving at the Stratford campus.
Please call International Services for further information.
note that, regardless of the date you are assigned for orientation,
you must inform International Services of your arrival at RBHS immediately.