Instructions for FIU administrators
Florida International University is the sponsor of the Exchange Visitor Program P-1-04568 which is administered by the Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). In this section, the term “sponsor” refers to the Florida International University, the “Responsible Officer” and “Alternate Responsible Officers” are administrators/advisors in the Department of International Student and Scholar Services. Dr. Alejandra Parra, Executive Director, is the primary contact for the Exchange Visitor Program and the Responsible Officer (RO). Other Alternate Responsible Officers (AROs) are Mr. Ted Randall, Ms. Evelyn Rodriguez and Ms. Claudia Biscardi.
Due to the intricacies of J-1 immigration processing, the ISSS recommends that departments submit completed forms to ISSS at least 90 days prior to the proposed start date of the academic activity to enable sufficient time for processing.
Florida International University refers to a scholar as an exchange visitor for U.S. Department of State purposes and as a “visiting scholar” for university purposes. If the scholar’s spouse or children accompany him or her, they are considered dependents and must enter the United States on J-2 visas. The University is authorized to sponsor exchange visitors in five categories:
- Research scholar
- Short-term scholar
Annually, Florida International University hosts approximately 200 visiting scholars in the J-1 category. J-1 Exchange Visitors visit the university for as little as one week to a maximum of 5 years in paid or unpaid appointments (depending on their J-1 Exchange Visitor categories).
Department faculty and administrators who wish to invite and/or employ an international scholar in J-1 classification should click on the links under ‘Bringing an Exchange Visitor to FIU’ below to learn about how to request J-1 visa-related documentation for the prospectice scholar.