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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) provides opportunities for qualified foreign nationals to travel and gain experience in the US through a wide range of programs for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.
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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) Research Scholar is for foreign nationals whose primary purpose is conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project at research institutions, corporate research facilities, museums, libraries, post-secondary accredited academic institutions, or similar types of institutions.
Eligibility
• Not be a candidate for a tenure track position
• Not have participated in and completed a research scholar program within the last 24 months preceding the beginning date of their new program’s commencement
• Not have participated in a J-visa program for all or part of the 12-month period immediately preceding the start date of a research scholar program unless (1) the participant is currently in a research scholar program and is transferring to another institution in the US to continue their current J-1 program, (2) the participant’s prior physical presence in the US on a J-visa program was less than six months in duration, or (3) the participant’s prior participation was a scholar

Highlights
• Primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project at the host academic institution
• May also teach or lecture
• Promote the exchange of ideas, research, mutual enrichment and linkages between research and academic institutions in the US and foreign countries

Duration
• Maximum 5 years (3 weeks minimum)

Benefits
• Educational enrichment: Facilitate the exchange of ideas and research in a variety of fields between people of the United States and people of other countries

Highlights
• May teach or lecture, unless disallowed by the sponsor
• Appointment to a position shall be temporary, even if the position itself is permanent
• Subject to the 24 month bar on repeat participation upon the conclusion of the program
• Incidental lectures or short-term consultations are permitted with the approval of the responsible officer so long as they are directly related to the objectives of the participant’s program, and do not delay the exchange program’s completion date