Incoming Scholar General Information

Professors and Research Scholars

The Center for Immigration Services & Support (ISS) would like to welcome you to Wake Forest University as either a professor, research scholar, short-term scholar in the J-1 visa category.

The following information is designed to provide you with pertinent information as it pertains to obtaining the J-1 visa, your arrival, housing, and a host of other subjects. We hope that you will find it to be both informative and useful as you make preparations to come to Winston-Salem. We look forward to meeting you when you arrive on campus, and hope that you have a pleasant and smooth journey to North Carolina.

The J-1 Visa Program at Wake Forest University spans 2 campuses:

Health Sciences/Bowman Gray Campus

Contact: Office of International Services

Physical Location:
4th Floor, Piedmont Plaza 1
1920 W. First Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Reynolda Campus

Contact: Center for Immigration Services & Support (ISS)
Phone: 336-758-3739

Physical Location:
Reynolda Hall, Room 017
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

  • Completing Check-In
    1. Passport
    2. J Visa Stamp
    3. DS-2019 Form
    4. I-94 record printed from Customs & Border Protection (CBP) website
      1. Go to
      2. Type in your name, biographic information, and passport information and click submit
      3. A new page with the I-94 number and information will pull up and this can be printed out
    5. Proof of Health Insurance (plan details must be in English and clearly demonstrate that it meets the established J1 Department of State minimum criteria for health insurance)
    6. Current U.S. address
    7. Current U.S. telephone number
    8. Current email address

    If you have dependents, you should plan to bring these same items in for all accompanying dependents.

    Health Sciences/Bowman Gray Campus

    If you will be researching with a WFU Health Sciences or Bowman Gray Medical Center department,  Contact the Office of International Services ( ) to schedule a time to complete the check-in process.

    Reynolda Campus

    If you will be researching with a WFU Reynolda Campus department, please contact ISS at or 336-758-3739 to schedule a time to complete the check-in process.

  • Health Insurance Requirement

    The Department of State (DOS) requires that all J-1 participants be covered by a health insurance policy that meets or exceeds the following amounts:

    • $100,000 per illness
    • $25,000 repatriation of remains
    • $50,000 medical evacuation
    • Deductible may not exceed $500 per illness or accident

    If you will not be covered under a policy from your home country that meets these minimum requirements, you can purchase one after you arrive in the U.S. The GPS can furnish you with a list of providers that specialize in covering exchange visitors on the J-1 program.


    If you will be employed by WFU for one full year, you qualify to sign up for university-sponsored health benefits.

    You MUST choose the CORE plan (not the Value plan) and you will still need to purchase supplemental insurance as the WFU employer sponsored health insurance does NOT include medical evacuation and repatriation of remains as a part of its plan.

  • J-2 Dependents

    Dependents are defined as spouses and children under the age of 21.

    Please consult the following website for more information about dependents and the J-2 status.

    J-2 Dependents