Purpose of J-1 Program

The Exchange Visitor Program is a public policy tool created under the terms of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 as a way to promote mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries. It should not be used for the following purposes:

  • to fill long-term positions
  • for an individual being hired in a tenure-track position
  • to avoid the wage requirements of the H-1B

Role of Host Department

Cross-cultural Component through the Catholic University's Program Sponsor designation, we are entrusted to implement a cultural exchange program in collaboration with host organizations, partners and participants themselves.

Categories and Durations

The Catholic University of America has been authorized to bring in individuals as visiting professors, visiting research scholars, and short term scholars. Individuals may come to teach, to conduct research, or to share their expertise and may either be paid by the Catholic University by their home institutions, or by another entity.

J-1 Category Purpose Time Limits
Professor primarily teaching, lecturing, observing, or consulting. May also conduct research. 3 weeks-5 years
Research Scholar primarily conduct research, observe, or consult in connection with research project. May also teach. 3 weeks-5 years
Short-term Scholar professor or research scholar on short-term trip to lecture, observe, consult, train, or demonstrate special skills. 1 day-6 months