J-1 Professors and Researchers

It generally takes about 2-4 months for a UCB department to bring a J-1 scholar to campus. Some cases may take longer depending on U.S. Embassy/Consulate visa security clearance processes. For more details, see Inviting J-1 Exchange Visitors [pdf].

The J-1 Scholar Process Timeline:

Department/CSS invites visitor

4-8 weeks

BIO processes DS-2019

10 business days

Visitor makes visa appointment

2-4 weeks

U.S. Embassy/Consulate processes visa

1-12 weeks

Visitor arrives in the U.S.*

2-4 weeks

Dept/BIO reports arrival to DHS*


*No later than 9 days from start date