J-1 Visa Categories

Research Scholars Alien Physician Trainees
Short-Term Scholars Students

Research Scholars

A Research Scholar is in the U.S. to conduct research, observe, or provide consultative services for a research project. The maximum time allowed in a program is five years. UT Southwestern Medical Center sponsors J-1 visas for individuals holding a Ph.D. or M.D. degree coming to UT Southwestern as research trainees.

J-1 Research Visa Application Process

Short-Term Scholars

A Short-term Scholar is in the U.S. to lecture, observe, consult, train, or demonstrate special skills. The maximum time allowed in this program is six months. UT Southwestern sponsors J-1 visas for individuals holding a Ph.D. or M.D. degree coming to UT Southwestern as research trainees.

J-1 Research Visa Application Process

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Alien Physician Trainees

International medical graduates must be ECFMG-certified and have a J-1 visa sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to receive graduate clinical training at UT Southwestern. We will also consider foreign medical graduates who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have other unrestricted employment authorization as long as they are ECFMG-certified. For those international graduates who need a visa, UT Southwestern supports only the J-1 Alien Physician Trainee visa sponsored by ECFMG.

Please submit all items to the International Affairs Office. Do not submit your application directly to the ECFMG.

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Students

UT Southwestern does not generally sponsor students under the J-1 visa category. Please see the F-1 visas section for student information or contact the Office of International Affairs if you believe your case merits an exception.

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