Other Visa Types

The most common type of Exchange Visitor at RPI is short-term scholar or research scholar. There are also scholars on other visa types, such as B-1/B-2 and Visa Waiver Program (ESTA). In order for individuals to do research at RPI, they must be approved through Export Control.

To become approved, individuals work with their inviting department to submit documentation to ISSS. ISSS then submits documentation to Export Control, which is a process that can take over one month to be completed. ISSS is notified when Export Control makes a determination regarding the scholar and then notifies the department.

Within one week of entry to the U.S., the scholar must check in with ISSS. For more instructions on this process, please email ISSS at ISSSoffice@rpi.edu.

This page was last updated on: August 08, 2019.

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B-1/B-2 Visitor

Please note: The B-1/B-2 visa is only appropriate for very specific activities. More information on the B-1/B-2 visa visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and  U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs.

Only visitors who would otherwise apply for B visas are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA). For details, visit:

For departments who wish to bring a visiting scholar to Rensselaer on a B Visa, see the Visiting B-1 Scholar Request Form: https://rpi.box.com/v/B1scholarrequestform

Individuals on B-1/B-2 or ESTA are not eligible to receive financial remuneration.

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Other Visa Types

Any visiting researchers must be approved through Export Control. For questions about other visa types, please contact ISSS via email at ISSSoffice@rpi.edu.