The information on this page is intended for international faculty and researchers who are coming to the U.S. temporarily to teach or conduct research. The host department in consultation with the International Student and Scholar Services will help you determine the appropriate status for you stay in the U.S. UC Santa Cruz staff or faculty wishing to sponsor an international scholar please visit the UCSC Department webpages.

J-1 Exchange Visitors

This is a common status used by visiting international professors, lecturers, researchers at UC Santa Cruz. You must be invited by an academic department, lab, Center, or Insitute. Please view this section for information about the visa process, orientation, health insurance, program extension, and special rules for J-1 exchange visitors. 

H-1B Temporary Workers

The H-1B category permits temporary employment in a specialty occupation. The minimum educational requirement for H-1B status is a bachelor's degree in the field of the proposed employment. 


The TN category permits Canadian or Mexican citizens to be employed in the U.S. in certain designated professions or engage in certain designated NAFTA professional activities.

Permanent Residency

Employment-based permanent residency support is reserved for international faculty and staff who have been offered permanent positions at UC Santa Cruz. 

Scholar Spotlight Profiles

Learn about some of our current and past international scholars and faculty!