Each year, over 900 academics from more than 100 countries visit UCSB departments, research institutes and other offices. OISS is here to help departments and visiting scholars navigate the immigration system. 

Most international scholars come to UCSB in one of the J-1 visa categories. If a scholar is eligible for a J-1 visa, OISS will issue the eligibility document they will need to apply for a visa in their home country. More about the J-1 visa process here.

OISS also provides information and support for a variety of other non-immigrant visa categories that may be used by visiting scholars including F-1, H-1B, and TN. 

OISS has steps for Departments requesting a J-1 DS-2019.