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Important Regulations Unique to the J Visa

12 Month Bar

This applies to individuals who have been in any J visa status in the previous 12 months and are a prospective J-1 Research Scholar or J-1 Professor. For more information, visit our 12 Month Bar page for scholars.

24 Month Bar

This applies to individuals who have been in J visa status in either the Research Scholar or Professor category in the previous 24 months and are a prospective J-1 Research Scholar or J-1 Professor. (Do not confuse this with the below 2 Year Rule.) For more information, visit our 24 Month Bar page for scholars.

2 Year Rule

This is officially called “Two Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement”. It is also referred to and annotated as 212(e). (Do not confuse this with the above 24 Month Bar).

This could apply to any J visa holder and based on certain criteria. If subject, this Rule directly affects those who are considering a change to another visa status. For more information about this Rule, eligibility criteria, advisory opinions, and the waiver process, visit our 2 Year Rule page for J visa holders.

Health Insurance

It is a federal requirement that all J visa holders carry health insurance in the U.S. It is a U of M requirement that all J visa holders carry one of the University’s insurance plans. For more information about the insurance requirement and exceptions, visit our Health Insurance page for J visa holders.

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