Visa Waiver Requests
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has a two
part process for evaluating requests to serve as an
Interested Government Agency to recommend a waiver
of the two-year foreign residence requirement for individuals
in the United States on J-1 Exchange Visitor visas.
The first step in the NSF process is an initial screening.
The supervisor/sponsor sends the NSF Visa Waiver Officer
a letter explaining who the J-1 visa holder is, where
they were born/current citizenship, what position they
have at the university/research institution and a brief
description of their current research and how the research
is related to the NSF. Include a CV and, if their work
is supported by NSF, provide the grant number(s).
Based on the submitted materials, a decision will
be made whether to encourage a full application. If
the decision is negative, the supervisor/sponsor will
be so notified. If NSF decides to consider a full application,
the supervisor/sponsor will be sent requisite forms
and instructions to apply for a support letter from
the NSF as an Interested Government Agency.
The complete application will be reviewed in a manner
consistent with NSF standards for the review of research
proposals. If the review is favorable, the Foundation
will recommend to the Department of State that a waiver
be granted. Please be advised that NSF will accept
only one request per individual and that there is no
reconsideration should the Foundation decide not to
support the visa waiver request.
NSF J-1 Visa Waiver Officer
General questions about ISE may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.