Requesting Sponsorship

Requesting Sponsorship

Before you request UMass VIP access, designate a person(s) within your department who will process all J-1 scholar visa and H-1B visa requests and be the point person to contact regarding the requests. In most cases, this will be an administrative person and not the sponsoring faculty member. 

If you are the designated person(s) in your department and are inviting a scholar on a J-1 or an H-1B then you will need to request access through our UMass VIP system. Log In with your UMass username and password. You will receive an email once your request has been approved. *Do not use Chrome*

Please refer to this guide for requesting access to the VIP system for instructions.

If you already have access to the UMass VIP system please login and go to Departmental Services and add a new person to start a request then pick the appropriate Task. 

Please consult IPO if you are unsure of the visa category that your scholar should use to enter the U.S.

For issues with J-1 E-Forms, please contact jscholars[at]umass[dot]edu.

For issues with H-1B E-Forms, please contact hvisas[at]umass[dot]edu.


Departmental Administrator Spring 2023 IPO Meeting

Campus Stakeholders and Administrators:

Please RSVP for the Departmental Administrator Spring 2023 IPO Meeting.

Topics discussed will include J-1 and H-1B visa requests, Export Control Screening, sponsorship polices for scholars, and the UMass VIP case management system.