The 12-Month bar after previous J participation
You are not eligible to apply for the J-1 Professor or Research Scholar categories if you were physically present in any J status (including J-2 status) for the 12 months immediately preceding the request start date of the DS-2019 for your new Exchange Visitor Program.
You are exempt from the 12-Month Bar if:
- You already have an active J-1 status and will transfer your J-1 program to another university/institution, or
- You were in the U.S. on J status for less than 6 months, or
- Your previous J status was J-1 Short-Term Scholar
The 24-Month bar on repeat participation
If you have already completed a J-1 Professor or Research Scholar program, then for the two years after the program you cannot start a new J-1 Professor or Research Scholar program.
The 24-month bar should not be confused with the two-year home-country physical presence requirement (212e), which is a separate requirement.
Overall wait time for another J-1 Professor/Research Scholar program after completion of a previous J-1 program
Previous J status
Wait Time for another J-1 Professor/Research
|J-1 Professor/Research Scholar||24 Months|
|Other J-1 category more than 6 months||12 Months|
|Other J-1 category for less than 6 months||No Wait|
*The wait time for J-2 Dependents is based on the category of the J-1