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J-1 Exchange Visitors

The purpose of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) is to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. This program allows foreign nationals sponsored by U.S. Department of State (DOS)-designated organizations to enter the U.S. for temporary periods to engage in educational and cultural exchange activities.

The DOS has designated UH as an EVP sponsor. Every two years, FSIS applies for redesignation on behalf of UH. UH is not designated as an "umbrella" sponsor, so UH may only sponsor individuals who will be primarily affiliated with UH campuses. The DOS also prohibits program sponsors from using the EVP to place foreign nationals in regular employment positions, whether the employment takes place at a UH campus or elsewhere.

Each year, UH campuses host over 400 exchange visitors to participate in the EVP as students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, and specialists in a variety of temporary programs with specific objectives. After completing their programs, exchange visitors are expected to return to their home countries to carry out the exchange of knowledge and skills gained during their programs.

Sponsoring a New J-1 Exchange Visitor

Extending a J-1 Exchange Visitor's Program

J-2 Dependents

Maintaining J-1 & J-2 Compliance

Living in Hawaii

Ending J-1 Sponsorship

J-1 forms & templates

J-1 frequently asked questions