Visitor Appointments

For Visitors

Bay Area and Campus Information

Visas and Bechtel International Center

The most common visitor visa is a J-1.  For other types of Visas, please review the comparison table linked below.

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Minimum Funding Requirements

There are minimum funding requirements for J-1 Visiting Scholars, Postdoctoral Scholars and Visiting Researchers at Stanford. Please visit the Funding Requirements for J-1 Scholars linked above for specific current details including funding documentation guidelines.

Health Insurance Requirements

There are minimum Health Insurance Requirements for J-1 visitors. The United States Information Agency regulations require that all exchange visitors and their dependents maintain insurance at levels that meet the USIA-prescribed coverage. Details of this coverage can be found in the Orientation Handbook, provided to the visitor at the time the DS-2019 is issued. 

English Proficiency

J-1 visitors must have English proficiency. As per the Department of State, a prospective visitor should have "sufficient proficiency in the English language as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency, successfully to participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis."