J-1 Visitor Exchange Visa Sponsorship Information for Departments

The Visa & International Services Administration (VISA) office has prepared the following information related to sponsorship of J-1 visa for international scholars, and their family members. The information is intended for administrators responsible for processing visa document requests to the VISA office. Please note that this information is not intended to be legal advice. For questions or concerns about the information on this web site, please contact us.

Scholar Eligibility

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has been approved by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor J-1 Exchange Visitors participating in academic research, teaching and observation at CSMC.  Scholars use the J-1 program for official paid and non-paid appointments such as Visiting Scientist, Visiting Scientist-Supplemental, Postdoctoral Scientist, as well as other temporary academic appointments.

The J-1 visa cannot be used for permanent, tenured appointments as well as professional support staff positions.

In most cases foreign medical doctors are prohibited from engaging in any clinical activities during CSMC’s J-1 visa sponsorship.  International medical graduates often use the J-1 clinical visa sponsorship of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for clinical residency and fellowships.

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