which status is appropriate?

These are the statuses normally used for the most common activities of international visitors and nonimmigrant employees at the University of Illinois. Each case needs to be evaluated separately. There are situations and individuals for which the most common status will not work. Permanent, full-time employees are sometimes sponsored for permanent resident (green card) status.

Activity

Most Common Status

Alternate status

Visiting Scholar

J-1

N/A

Postdoctoral research associate

J-1

H-1
J-1 Practical Trainee
F-1 Practical Trainee
TN

Researcher or teacher such as visiting scientist, visiting professor or other short-term professional employee (not to exceed 5 years)

J-1

H-1 or TN

Assistant Professor or tenured faculty

H-1

O-1

Long-term or potentially permanent professional employee, such as a research scientist or research engineer

H-1

O-1

Speaker or conference participant

B-1/ WB

J-1 Short term scholar

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