Immigration Information & Visa Options for International Faculty and Scholars
Visitor for business or pleasure (B-1/B-2)
The B non-immigrant category is intended for temporary
visits to the United States for business (B-1) or pleasure (B-2). Find out more
about the program.
Academic Training (AT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT)
OPT and AT are types of temporary work authorization granted
to students in F-1 and J-1 status based on their academic programs. Learn more
about OPT and AT.
J-1 Exchange Visitor Program
The Exchange Visitor Program, administered by the US
Department of State, encourages:
- educational interactions
- collaborative connections
- cultural exchanges
The goal is to increase mutual understanding between the
people of the United States and other countries. Read more about this unique opportunity designed for scholars (including professors, researchers, and
Read more about the J-1 program for students.
Temporary specialty worker (H-1B)
The H-1B category allows for the temporary employment of an
alien as a professional in a “specialty occupation.” This is defined by the
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as an occupation
requiring “practical application of a body of specialized knowledge along with
at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.” Discover more about becoming a
temporary specialty worker.
TN Treaty Workers
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) creates special
economic and trade relationships for the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Learn
more about the TN treaty workers.
Lawful Permanent Residence
A foreign national faculty or researcher may qualify for
permanent residence based on employment at Northern Arizona University. Find
out more about establishing a Lawful Permanent Residence.
U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees
Read more about the fees and petitions announced by USCIS.