Visiting Scholars & Researchers

Northeastern University sponsors foreign nationals from around the world as they come to our internationally acclaimed campus to teach and perform leading research projects. The staff of the ISSI works with the academic departments throughout the University to help our scholars gain a J-1 visa for entry to the United States.


J Scholar Forms


Form Number   J SCHOLAR FORMS
500  J-1 Exchange Visitor Immigration Clearance Form
501  ISSI J-1 Exchange Visitor Address Update Form
305  Statement of Compliance with Department of State Health Insurance Requirements
311  Health Insurance Options for J-1 Exchange Visitors and J-2 Dependents
505  J-1 Scholar: Transfer-In Form
506  J-1 Scholars: Transfer-Out Form
507  Responsibilities of Scholars & Their Dependents
508  J-1 Exchange Visitor: End of Program
509  Pre-Arrival Instructions for Scholars
512  Sponsorship of International Scholars: A Step by Step Guide
513  Faculty Host Agreement
515  Acknowledgement of 6 Month Time Limit for Shot-Term Scholar Category
551  Request for Issuance of J-1 Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019) (Form A)*
552  International J Scholar and Dependent(s) Personal and Financial Information (Form B)#
553  Extension of DS-2019 for International Scholar (Form C)
554  Request for Duplicate or Amended DS-2019 (Form D)
555  J-2 Dependents: Guidelines and Procedures for Employment


*Form 551 (Form A) may only be submitted by the College/Department staff!
#Please contact your College/Department before you submit Form 552 (Form B)!




Non-NU-Visa-Sponsored Students/Scholars Form


Form Number   J SCHOLAR FORMS
610N  Non-NU-Visa-Sponsored SCHOLAR/RESEARCHER Agreement
513N  Non-NU-Visa-Sponsored Faculty Host Agreement




Mandatory New J-1 Scholar Immigration Clearance Sessions

All J-1 Scholars must attend a mandatory ISSI J-1 Scholar Immigration Clearance Session at the first available time listed below after entering the US. Failure to attend this session will compromise your immigration status.

After entering the US, but before attending a Clearance session, you must complete the mandatory Online J-1 Exchange Visitor Immigration Clearance Form. It should take you about 10 minutes to complete this online form. When you come to a Clearance session, you will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Your DS-2019
  • Your Passport containing your J-1 Visa
  • Health Insurance information and Health Insurance statement
  • (If applicable) Your dependents’ DS-2019 and their passport(s) containing their J-2 visa(s)
  • (if applicable) Only if you are paid in your position, you must bring I-94 Information - You need to retrieve and print this information from the I-94 Website

  • December 2014

    Date  Time  Location Registration
     December 8  1:30pm-3:00pm  ISSI - 405 Ell Hall Register Here
     December 15  1:30pm-3:00pm  ISSI - 405 Ell Hall Register Here
     December 22  1:30pm-3:00pm  ISSI - 405 Ell Hall Register Here


    Immigration Resources

    Please consult the website of the University's Office of the General Counsel and Human Resources Management for further resources related to the immigration and employment process, particularly in regards to B visas.