Regulations Restricting Repeat J-1 Participation
All J-1 Exchange Visitors in the professor or research scholar category (Box 4 of your Form DS-2019) are subject to a "24-Month Bar" on "repeat participation" in those categories. Scholars subject to the bar may not return to the U.S. as a J-1 scholar in the Professor or Research Scholar categories for a 24-month period once our office has completed or terminated the program. This 24-Month Bar will be in effect regardless of the duration of the program: whenever an Exchange Program ends and the SEVIS record becomes "inactive," the five-year window is "closed" and the scholar must wait 24 months before beginning a new program as a J Professor or Research Scholar. Unused time from the five-year window may not be saved for use later.
This bar may have serious consequences for professors and researchers who plan to return to the U.S. in J-1 status for subsequent teaching or research appointments, whether at UC San Diego or any other institution.
We request that you notify the International Scholar Office when a researcher or professor in J-1 status completes their stay with your department and they express to you that they intend to return to the U.S.as a J-1 Research Scholar or Professor.
An international is not eligible to begin a new program in the Research Scholar or Professor categories if they have been present in J status for all or part of the 12-month period immediately preceding the anticipated start date for the new program.
Exceptions to this rule exist for those Exchange Visitors who are transferring programs or who have been present in J status in the Short Term Scholar category.