To host an international scholar who will not be an enrolled student at Iowa State University or a paid employee of Iowa State University, please review the Provost’s Office’s Visiting Scholar Policy and procedures here.

Iowa State University faculty and staff hosting individuals who qualify as Visiting Scholars, must follow Provost’s Office procedures for approval of the visit before ISSO can issue immigration documents.


Stays of Six or Fewer Months

Stays of Over 6 Months - Most Common Options

Stays of Over 6 Months - Less Common Options for Paid Positions

English Proficiency Requirement for J-1 Exchange Visitors

Minimum Required Financial Support for J-1 Exchange Visitors

Restrictions on Return to U.S. for J-1 Exchange Visitors