CSME staff process visiting research scholar requests for persons who come to IU through formal CSME exchange at the invitation of the Director and an affiliate faculty member of CSME.
Prospective research scholars who do not participate in a formal exchange program with CSME should first try to apply through another IU department or unit:
Only if there is no other appropriate IU unit and if the topic is within the CSME study area, should application be made through a CSME faculty sponsor.
Each IU school and department sets its own conditions for accepting visiting scholars. Some will arrange for faculty sponsors. (CSME visitors must arrange their own faculty sponsors.) Some can provide office space. (CSME cannot provide office space.)
CSME will assist CSME faculty who want to sponsor a visiting research scholar if the CSME professor will take full responsibility for gathering the information needed for the IU appointment and visa, will comply with CSME, IU, and US government policies, procedures and laws, and will serve as the point of contact for all correspondence from the scholar.
IMPORTANT: Visiting research scholars must have proficiency in the English language sufficient for research and day-to-day living before applying to become a visiting scholar. Research scholars who need additional English instruction should take English classes before applying to become a CSME visiting scholar. The IU Intensive English Program is one study option to consider.
If no other IU department is more appropriate to the research topic than CSME and if the prospective visitor has sufficient English skill to conduct research without additional language instruction…
IF A CSME PROFESSOR AGREES TO SERVE AS FACULTY SPONSOR…
Some situations will require the faculty sponsor to send a second, revised letter of invitation, for example to specify the exact beginning and ending dates for the visit to match the DS-2019 application and prevent complications during the scholar’s visa interview at a US Embassy or Consulate.
10A. Completed and signed IU Personal Profile ED form from the University Human Resources website. A faxed or scanned copy of the signed form is okay, but it must be signed.
10B. Scholar’s telephone number, fax number, e-mail address and home mailing address including postal code.
10C. Non-US citizens only-- Photocopy or scan of the passport identification page or pages (photo, name, birth date, passport expiration date).
NOTE: Non-US citizens will be denied entry at the US border if the passport expires within six months of arrival, so renew in advance of travel. It is not necessary to renew before submitting information for preparation of the DS-2019 (J-1 visa) application form.
See the State Department's website for a list of countries eligible to travel to the US without a visa. US policy requires Canadians, Swedes and other visa waiver program travelers to present either a machine readable passport or a US visa at the US point of entry. For more information about temporary visits to the US see this website.
The faculty sponsor should try to submit information no less than four months in advance to allow time for CSME and Indiana University Office of International Services processing, embassy/consulate visa interview, etc. In some cases, the visa process could take six months or longer because of long waits for embassy/consulate interviews.