Most international faculty and staff come to Middlebury College in J-1 Exchange Visitor status, and in special cases H1-B Temporary Worker status.

While there are many visa categories to consider, there are few that allow a person to work in the U.S. In addition to the information below, the Tax Office has a comprehensive list of typical visas/scenarios for international individuals working in higher education.  If you have questions about working for Middlebury under a work visa status not mentioned on our website, please reach out to us at

The USCIS site also contains information about the various visa types for non-immigrant Temporary Workers.

B-1/B-2 Tourist for Business/Tourist for Pleasure

The “visitor” visa is a non-immigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1),for pleasure or medical treatment (B-2), or combination of both (B-1/B-2) purposes. Individuals coming to Middlebury for any prolonged academic activity should not enter the U.S. in B1 or B2 status. Consult with ISSS about the appropriate category.

Business Visitor Visas (B-1) - For example, if the purpose for your planned travel is to consult with business associates, travel for a scientific, educational, professional or business convention, or conference on specific dates, settle an estate, or negotiate a contract, then a business visitor visa (B-1) would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel.

Visitor Visas (B-2) - As examples, if the purpose of your planned travel is recreational in nature, including tourism, amusement, visits with friends or relatives, rest, medical treatment, and activities of a fraternal, social, or service nature, then a visitor visa (B-2) would be the appropriate type of visa for your travel.

updated 01/03/2024

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