VISAS FOR INCOMING FOREIGN NATIONALS AT VIRGINIA TECH
Visa Purpose Type of Visa Length of Stay Program Requirements Supporting Office What to Submit Docs Issued
STUDENT CATEGORIES
  • Degree seeking undergraduate student
  • Non-degree seeking undergraduate student
F-1 Student; J-1 Bachelor; J-1 non-degree (undergrad) Degree Seeking: As long as s/he is pursuing full course of study & maintaining satisfactory progress towards completion of academic program or participating in authorized practical training. Non-degree Seeking: 12 months Must apply to and be accepted by Undergraduate Admissions to be issued immigration documents; Health Insurance required. Undergraduate Admissions
540-231-6267
vtadmiss@vt.edu
Cranwell Int’l Center
540-231-6527
international@vt.edu
Application, fee, and supporting materials to Undergraduate Admissions I-20 for F-1;
DS-2019 for J-1
  • Degree seeking graduate student
  • Non-degree seeking graduate student
F-1 Student; J-1 Masters; J-1 Doctorate; J-1 non-degree (grad) Degree Seeking: As long as s/he is pursuing full course of study & maintaining satisfactory progress towards completion of academic program or participating in authorized practical training. Non-degree Seeking: 12 months Must apply to and be accepted by the Graduate School to be issued immigration documents; Health Insurance required. Graduate School International Student Services
540-231-8486
igss@vt.edu
Application, fee, and supporting materials to Graduate School I-20 for F-1;
DS-2019 for J-1
NON-STUDENT CATEGORIES
  • Participate in a structured and guided work- or research-based internship
J-1 Intern Up to 12 months Currently enrolled in degree or certificate granting post-secondary academic institution abroad; May NOT take classes; Health Insurance required. Cranwell Int’l Center
540-231-6527
international@vt.edu
J-1 Intern Packet to Cranwell Int’l Center DS-2019; DS-7002
  • Independent research
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Consult with business associates
  • Guest speaker, lecturer, or participant in conference, seminar, or workshop
  • Prospective Student
B1/B2 Visa 1 – 9 days May only be engaged at VT for a total of 9 calendar days; to stay longer, a different visa category should be used; Please see the  B-visa Guidelines for more information. Int’l Support Services
540-231-1425
mhyde@vt.edu
 B Visa Approval Form (all visitors);  Invitation Letter from ISS template (if visitor needs letter for visa) Invitation Letter
  • Conduct research, teach, observe, or consult on a temporary basis for the purpose of educational and cultural exchange
J-1 Research Scholar; J-1 Professor; J-1 Short Term Scholar Research Scholar: 3 weeks – 5 yrs
Professor: 3 weeks – 5 yrs
Short Term Scholar: 1 day – 6 mo
Must have Master’s or be currently working on PhD; May NOT take classes; Health Insurance required. Int’l Support Services
540-231-1425
mhyde@vt.edu
 DS-2019 Request Form, passport ID page copy; dept. invitation letter; proof of funding DS-2019; Welcome Folder
  • Professional employment in specialty occupations (post-docs, researchers, etc.)
H-1B Up to 6 years Must be paid the Prevailing Wage as determined by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Int’l Support Services
540-231-1425
gberkley@vt.edu
H-1B Packet; ISS Fee; H-1B Filing Fees  
  • Employment in on-going position with a full-time, salaried appointment.
Green Card N/A See the  VT Permanent Residency Policy Int’l Support Services
540-231-1425
ileuschner@vt.edu
 Approval Form; Green Card Filing Fees  

 

*the purpose of this chart is to direct clients to the correct office at Virginia Tech; for information on specific visa processes, please contact the corresponding VT office