Exchange Visitor Categories

The DOS has designated the University of New Hampshire to serve as Program Sponsor, thereby enabling us to issue Form DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility) to prospective Exchange Visitors. UNH is designated to sponsor exchange visitors in the categories of professor, research scholar, and short-term scholar.

A Professor is an individual primarily engaged in teaching, lecturing, observing or consulting at post-secondary accredited institutions, museums, libraries or similar types of institutions. A Professor may also conduct research. The maximum length of stay is 5 years.  By federal regulations, this visa category may NOT to be used for tenure-track positions.

A Research Scholar is an individual primarily conducting research, observing or consulting in connection with a research project at research institutions, corporate research facilities, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited educational institutions, or similar types of institutions. The maximum length of stay is 5 years.  This visa category may NOT to be used for permanent research positions.

A Short-Term Scholar is defined as a professor, research scholar, specialist, or a person with similar education or accomplishments coming to the U.S. on a short-term visit for the purpose of lecturing, observing, consulting, training, or demonstrating special skills at research institutions, museums, libraries, post-secondary educational institutions, or similar types of institutions. There is no minimum stay for this category. However, six months is the maximum allowable stay and no extension beyond six months is permitted.