J-1 Funding Requirements

The total funding must meet minimum requirements listed below.

  • J-1 Scholar or Student Intern: $1700 per month
  • J-2 Spouse: $4000 per year
  • J-2 Child: $2000 per year

Multiple funding sources are allowed and all funding sources must be disclosed. 

Scanned copies of funding documents are acceptable and funding documents must be in English (or translated into English), on letterhead, and specify an amount of funding.

If a department plans to hire a scholar as a post-doc or research associate, Virginia Tech employment guidelines must be followed. These guidelines may require funding at a higher level. Please contact Personnel (1-5301) or the Research Division (1-9359) for more information about hiring and appointment policies.

For Virginia Tech funding  (for ALL J-1 categories), please submit a copy of the Terms of Faculty Offer Letter (TOFO), the P-14, the wage employment form, etc.  with the J-1 Request Form.

Important Information:

International visitors to Virginia Tech should be aware of  OFAC sanctions and ensure that they do not engage in any prohibited transactions unless authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) or expressly exempted by statute.

J Exchange Visitors who will be University Employees; Information regarding the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA):

The new federal income tax law, which will be implemented in 2019, eliminates the personal exemption of $4,050 when filing Form 1040-NR for nonresident aliens.  This may affect exchange visitors' refund of wages withheld for federal income tax and may consequently increase the cost of Exchange Visitor Program participation.