Visiting Scholars

Creighton University is proud to participate as a designated sponsor in the Exchange Visitor Program (J visa) governed by the U.S. Department of State.  The program was created to "promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange." To learn more about how the Department of State runs the Exchange Visitor Program, please watch a short video and/or read the information posted on their website.

The Global Engagement Office (GEO) administers Creighton University's Exchange Visitor Program, also known as "Visiting Scholars Program."  Only the Responsible Officer (RO) and the Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) may sign the immigration documents (Form DS-2019), and are responsible to safeguard all forms issued to the sponsor by the Department of State. 

All matters pertaining to the Exchange Visitor Scholar Program must be brought to the attention of the
Global Engagement Office at GEOScholars@creighton.edu or (402) 280-2221.


Host / sponsoring departments determine the objectives and requirements for their particular program. To take part in Creighton University's Exchange Visitor Program, an applicant must contact sponsoring / host departments directly.  The GEO can only accept inquiries and application forms from sponsoring However, we encourage applicants to review the entire packet linked in the instructions to departments so they are familiar with the information the host / sponsoring department and University will need from them.

Once the sponsoring department has submitted all required documents, personnel from the GEO will contact the applicant directly to obtain any additional financial guarantee documents required by federal regulations in order to complete the process. The steps and timeline for application are listed on page 7 of the Information Packet linked below.

Maintaining Legal Status

  • Update your Address
  • Program Extension Request
  • Permission for Employment Request
  • Travel Authorization Request
  • Transfer Request
  • Timely Departure or Change Form


An Information Packet has been prepared to guide you through the application process to bring a visiting scholar to Creighton. Host / Sponsoring departments must submit a completed Request for a Certificate of Eligibility For Exchange Visitor (J1) Status Form  and other required documents to the Global Engagement Office before inviting a visiting scholar.

Please consult with the GEO before inviting the scholar to make sure the candidate is eligible. 

The host / sponsoring department at Creighton University must first determine that the individual has the appropriate academic credentials as well as sufficient English language proficiency for the temporary academic appointment.  In addition, the host /sponsoring department at Creighton University must provide evidence of financial support (either Creighton funds or outside funding) for all of the scholar's expenses (including additional financial support for any accompanying family members).

Export Control

The U.S. government regulates the transfer of information, commodities, technology, and software considered to be strategically important to the U.S. in the interest of national security, economic and/or foreign policy concerns. There is a complicated network of federal agencies and inter-related regulations that govern exports collectively referred to as ?Export Controls.? Export Controls have the potential to severely limit the research opportunities of university faculty and their students and staff, as well as to prevent international collaboration in certain research areas. Non-compliance with export controls can result in severe monetary and criminal penalties against both an individual as well as the university, and can result in the loss of research contracts, governmental funding, and the ability to export items.

In order to ensure compliance with export controls, it is critically important for university personnel to identify when their activities may trigger export controls. When export controls apply, individuals must take the appropriate steps to obtain any required governmental licenses, monitor and control access to restricted information, and safeguard all controlled materials. 

Please fill out the attached Export Control Questionnaire and submit it with the scholar's application packet so we can obtain clearance from the General Counsel's Office.

All matters pertaining to the Exchange Visitor Scholar Program must be brought to the attention of the
Global Engagement Office at GEOScholars@creighton.edu or (402) 280-2221.