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Call UF Research Integrity, Security and Compliance at 352-392-9174 or email us at email@example.com.
The Policy provides these definitions. International Scholars means individuals who are coming to UF on a J-1 visa sponsored by UF. This includes all J-1 visa applicants designated as Professor, Research Scholar, or Short-Term Scholars. International Scholars do not include undergraduate or graduate students.
International Visitors means individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, who do not meet the definition of International Scholars, and are coming to UF for a period of thirty (30) or more days. International Visitors do not include undergraduate or graduate students.
A Letter of Intent is an informal document provided to the potential International Scholar or International Visitor. This letter communicates the prospects of visiting the University of Florida under the conditions of approval from the University. Unlike a Letter of Invitation, a Letter of Intent is not an official offer letter.
A Letter of Invitation is a formal document provided to the International Scholar or International Visitor stating approval to visit the University of Florida. This letter communicates the program description with exact program dates, items provided, and salary and benefits information. Additionally, instructions on procedures prior to and upon arrival to the University are provided. Unlike a Letter of Intent, a Letter of Invitation is an official offer letter.
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No, a Letter of Intent is not a required submission document. You can submit the Letter of Intent to the potential International Scholar or International Visitor prior to submitting your request through the International Scholars and International Visitors portal, as the Letter of Intent will not need to be vetted by UF RISC.
The submitting department will be provided with a case number to assist with tracking the visit review. UF RISC will review the request and submitted materials and make a determination. The submitting department will receive a written determination upon completion of the UF RISC review. This determination and all related communications will always reference the case number.
Please contact UF RISC at 352-392-9174 or firstname.lastname@example.org and reference the case number.
Per the Policy, a Letter of Invitation may be issued only after the visit has been approved by UF RISC.
A review request for a J-1 International Scholar can submitted through the International Scholar and International Visitors Portal no earlier than 12 months prior to start date.
UF RISC will notify the submitting department through email.
A new review is required for changes in scope of work, including assignment on TCP-related research, supervisor, and/or sources of non-UF funding. J-1 extensions with no additional changes do not require UF RISC approval. These reviews do not have to meet the thirty (30) day requirement.
No, generally the postdoctoral associate will only need to go through the researcher and research support screening process. UF RISC will provide the required documentation to HR for all postdoctoral associates if it is later determined the postdoctoral associate needs a J-1 visa. In the event UF RISC does not issue the required documentation to HR, please reach out to email@example.com and they will send you the documentation directly.
Only under very unique circumstances will the postdoctoral associate have to undergo screening through the International Scholars and International Visitors Portal after researcher and research support screening process. In these instances, UF RISC will notify the departmental personnel of this requirement.
Yes, once the International Scholar or International Visitor is approved through the International Scholars and International Visitors Portal, you will likely need to route the visit through UFIRST as well. Please contact Division of Sponsored Programs for assistance.
A Technology Control Plan (TCP) is an internal document, between the UF RISC’s Export Control Team and a Researcher or PI, designed to lay out the plan to appropriately comply with export control regulations and contract terms related to a specific research project or export controlled article.
As defined by the Export Control Policy, Restricted Party means individuals, groups or entities identified by the U.S. government as a party that cannot engage in certain aspects of business with U.S persons without specific governmental authorization. UF will not host International Scholars or International Visitors who are themselves, or who are representing, a Restricted Party.
All campus units are encouraged to continue to conduct Restricted Party Screening on International Visitors engaged in UF business visiting on other visa types for less than 30 days. For more information on Restricted Party Screening, please visit Export Controls.