Inviting a J-1 Scholar

Faculty members who plan to invite a J-1 exchange visitor to UF should complete the Sponsor Invitation Form and submit it to April Welcome.  Sponsor Invitation Form PDF

 Copies of the following documents should be submitted along with this form:

• Prospective EV's curriculum vitae (printed in English).

• Prospective EV's bachelor's, master's or Ph.D diploma or transcript

• If the prospective EV is not a citizen of a country where English is an official language, please provide one of the following:

• a transcript evidence that the exchange visitor attended university for at least one year in a country where English is an official language (or where English is the language of instruction: Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Islas Malvinas, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Virgin Islands, Western Samoa and Zimbabwe)

• Official test of English language competence with scores as follows: − IELTS: 6.0 overall

− MELAB: 77

− TOEFL iBT: 80

− TOEFL PBT: 550

− Verbal GRE (scores from tests taken before 1 August 2011): 320

− Verbal GRE (scores from tests taken 1 August 2011 onward): 140

• Have a live SKYPE or similar interview with the EV to verify the English proficiency is sufficient to perform their jobs or complete their academic programs, to navigate daily life in the United States, to read and comprehend program materials, to understand fully their responsibilities, rights and protections, and to know how to obtain assistance, if necessary.