The information below is meant for prospective faculty/staff coming to Tulane that might have questions about the different visa statuses. The chart and the sections below can help you differentiate between the categories. If you are a department looking for information on how to hire or about other internal procedures please click here.
|Visa Type||Research Scholar, Professor, Short-Term Scholar||Temporary worker in a specialty occupation||NAFTA employment for Canadian and Mexican Professionals|
|Citizenship Requirements||May be a citizen of any country.||May be a citizen of any country.||Must be a citizen of Canada or Mexico. Not available to landed immigrants or permanent residents.|
|Immigrant Intent||This category is reserved for researchers, faculty and scholars, specialists and speakers. All are in the U.S. on fixed terms. Researchers must be brought in for a specific purpose as defined by the sponsoring institution. Must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree.||Position must require at least a bachelor’s degree in a specialized field. See additional details.||Limited to 63 Professional Occupations. Majority require a related bachelor's degree.|
|Filing Fee Payment||Filing Fee is paid by the institution however the actual visa fee is paid by the applicant.||Paid by the employer. ($460 and $500, payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security.)||Canadian citizens pay border or airport application fee of $50 plus $6 I-94 card fee. Mexican citizens pay visa application fee of $131. I-129 petition filing fee of $460 for change of status or extension.|
|Visa requirements||Must apply for visa at the consulate and pay SEVIS fee.||Canadian citizens visa exempt. Mexican citizens must obtain visa.||No visa requirement for Canadian citizens. Mexican citizens must obtain visa.|
|Authorized Period of Stay||6 months for Short Term Research Scholar. 5 years for Research Scholars and Professors.||6 year maximum limit (3 year limit per petition). In certain situations, may extend beyond the six year limit if filing for green card.||Three year limit (as of Oct. 16, 2008). May obtain indefinite three year "extensions."|
|Visas for Family Members||J-2 for spouse (eligible for work authorization) and children under 21.||H-4 for spouse and children under 21.||TD status for spouse and children under 21.|