J Scholar Training for Departments


We hope you are enjoying your new role in bringing international scholars 
to UC Berkeley.

Sign Up for Training

Please email jscholar@berkeley.edu to introduce yourself and sign up for our J Scholar Training for Departments. To prepare, review this information:

J Scholar Training for Departments

This training will help you understand the visa and legal requirements for bringing an international visitor to campus on a J-1 visa.

Meeting topics:

  • Introduction to International Scholar Dossier (ISD)
  • Overview of steps required to bring an international visitor
  • Departmental reporting requirements
  • International visitor background information
  • Getting familiar with immigration & visa documents
  • Visa application process
  • Health insurance enrollment requirements
  • Visitor’s requirements to maintain legal status
  • Case review and question/answer period

International Scholar Dossier (ISD)

ISD is a web-based system used to request visa documents needed to invite J-1 visiting scholars to UC Berkeley. See the system requirements for ISD.

A complete International Scholar Dossier (ISD) record must be submitted to Berkeley International Office at least 2-4 months before the scholar’s start date.