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Bringing a Visiting International Undergraduate Researcher to Rice (F-1 or J-1 visa status)

(updated as of October 18, 2017)

Visiting international undergraduate level (research-only) students are current undergraduate students attending international universities who come to Rice University to engage in experiential research-only learning for less than 1 year. This often occurs in the summer months. Visiting International Undergraduate Researchers do not yet have a Bachelor's degree, or Bachelor's degree equivalent, and are not pursuing an undergraduate degree at Rice.

These students are processed as Visiting Undergraduate Researcher Students on a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa (or in some cases an F-1 visa). They will be required to enroll in a prescribed course of study with a focus on experiential research-only learning. Below you will find the required documents and procedures.

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J-1 UG Researcher Flowchart


J-1 Visa Required Materials:

The application must be completed, the application fee must be paid, and all of the documents must be uploaded at least 90 days before the visitor's expected arrival date at Rice.

Application, Application Fee, and Required Documents to Upload to RiceBox Provider Where to Submit?
1. Rice Visiting Research Student Application Student applies with application from the Office of the Registrar's (OTR) **see Resources below Student completes online
2. Payment of $100 Application Fee Student - Online OTR website Student completes online
3. DS-2019 Request Form: Part 1 Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
4. DS-2019 Request Form: Part 2 Academic Department Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
5. J-1 Visiting Student Researcher Statement of Understanding Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
6. Visiting UG Academic Placement Plan Sponsoring Rice Faculty Member Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
7. English Test or Skype Interview Score Student/Academic Dept. Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
8. Copy of Passport ID Page Academic Department Requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
9. Transcript Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
10. CV/Resume Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
11. Letter of Support & Verification of Enrollment/Good Standing Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
12. Proof of Financial Support (in most cases, only 50% of the funding can come from personal funds)  Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
13. Proof of paid $300 J-1 EV Rice administrative fee. To make payments, visit https://signup.rice.edu/JScholarFee/ Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
14. Dean's offer letter Academic Department Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
15. Proof of meningitis vaccination if student is under 22 Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox
16. Copy of immigration documents (if applicable) Academic Department requests from Student Academic Department uploads to RiceBox

Deadlines:

Please note that in addition to the standard 90-day lead time required for immigration processing, Academic Departments must plan for the appropriate term of enrollment based on the Registrar's standard registration deadlines. For more information, contact the Registrar's Office.

Resources:   

 
Frequently Asked Questions:  
  1. Q: Is the Visiting International Undergraduate Researcher required to upload documents into RiceBox?
    A: No, only Academic Departments have access to RiceBox.

  2. Q: How do Academic Departments gain access to RiceBox?
    A: Please contact Justin Schilke, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar, or his designee. Contact information: jschilke@rice.edu, 713-348-3157. 

  3. Q: Do Academic Departments need to upload the Dean's Offer Letter as well as the other required documents to RiceBox?
    A: Yes, please upload all required documents to the RiceBox.

  4. Q: Do Academic Departments need to send OISS hard copies of the documents?
    A: No, OISS will receive all required paperwork through RiceBox.

  5. Q: Do Academic Departments need to do anything else after submitting required documents to RiceBox?
    A: Yes.
    1) Send an email to OISS (oiss@rice.edu) and Justin Schilke (jschilke@rice.edu) at the Registrar's Office notifying him that documents have been added to RiceBox.
    2) Once the DS-2019 has been issued by OISS, the Academic Department must pick up the immigration packet and send it to the student.
    3) Confirm the mandatory Immigration Check-in appointment with OISS by calling 713-348-6095.

  6. Q: Do the Visiting International Undergraduate Researchers need to visit Payroll on their first day if they are being paid by Rice?
    A: Yes, all Visiting International Undergraduate Researchers that are being paid by Rice must have an EPAF and go to Payroll on their first day.

  7. Q: Does the J-1 Visiting International Undergraduate Research Student need to have health insurance?
    A: Yes, all J-1's (and their dependents) are required to have health insurance for the full duration of their program at Rice. Please check the OISS website for additional health insurance information at http://oiss.rice.edu/scholarhealthinsurance/.

  8. Q: What is the process for registering the Visiting International Undergraduate Research Student for a 0-credit course?
    A: Please contact the Registrar's Office for directions.

  9. Q: What if the Visiting International Undergraduate Researcher is on an F-1 visa?
    A: If your Visiting International Undergraduate Researcher is on an F-1 visa, the student will still need to fill out the online Visiting Student Application, pay the Visiting Student Application Fee, and the Academic Department must upload the following documents to the RiceBox:
    • Current immigration documentation (i.e. I-20, F-1 visa stamp, I-94 record)
    • Visiting UG Academic Placement Plan
    • Passport identification page(s)
    • Transcript
    • CV
    • Dean's Offer Letter
    • Proof of the meningitis vaccination if student is under 22