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J-1 versus H-1B

J-1 Exchange VisitorH-1B Temporary Employee
3-5 weeks processing, more time needed (4 months) if already in U.S and applying for a change of status 4-5 months processing
5 year maximum 6 year maximum
6 month maximum for short term scholar Must be full time per University of Illinois policy
Two year home residency requirement in some case limits future visa options of visitors No two-year requirement
Usually not benefit eligible at University of Illinois Full benefit eligible
Must purchase health insurance before arriving in the USA. Unable to start working until insurance is purchased All applicants must be approved by the USCIS
If "substantial presence" is met after the 2-year period it retroactively starts on January 1st of of that year. Time consuming applications, prevailing wage assessment, Labor Condition Application and 10-day posting required
If a scholar feels he will meet substantial presence, it is still a good idea for scholar to purchase a policy for a month until University of Illinois insurance goes into effect Premium Processing an option for $1,000 fee
  Employer must pay return transportation if employment ends early.

Human Resources
School of Chemical Sciences
312 Noyes Lab
MC-712 Box 45-1
505 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL  61801
Jennifer Russell
Assistant Director of Human Resources

(217) 300-1637
SCS_HR_Office [at] scs [dot] illinois [dot] edu
Appointments: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Walk-In Hours: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Monday - Friday

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