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What is the status of the visiting scholar program?

Existing Visiting Scholars
Those Visiting Scholars whose applications have been approved and have a visa stamp may come to Penn State as planned. Those who have not yet obtained a visa stamp are asked to reschedule their arrival until Feb. 1, 2021. This guidance will be revisited monthly and revised as State Department and other public health guidance evolves.

Moratorium on New Applications
Based on the recent U.S. Department of State Global Health Advisory and visa services suspension, Penn State is not accepting new Visiting Scholar applications until further notice. This moratorium applies to domestic and international visiting scholars. Applications currently in the system will not be approved. Requests for exceptions may be made to vpfa@psu.edu.

Extensions for Current Visiting Scholars
If a Visiting Scholar was scheduled to depart before July 1, 2020 but wants to stay at Penn State due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an extension request must be submitted in DocFinity. Please work with the staff in the academic unit who submit Visiting Scholar requests. Questions from units regarding extensions and required documentation should be directed the dean or chancellor designee in each unit. If assistance is needed from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, contact Mindy Kowalski at msk22@psu.edu.

Paid J-1 Scholars

Per guidance from the U.S. Department of State,post-docs who are foreign nationals who have not yet obtained a visa stamp are asked to reschedule their arrival until February 1, 2021. Unit executives should send exception requests to vpfa@psu.edu and include a description of why the appointment is essential. This guidance will be revisited monthly and revised as State Department and other public health guidance evolves.