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The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) is happy to assist you with inviting scholars on any timeline, but the timeline below gives a realistic idea of how long the process can take. Hosts should be aware that processes outside of Bradley, including applying for a visa, cannot be rushed.

3-4 Months to Arrival

2-3 Months to Arrival (once approved by OISSS)

  • OISSS sends scholar pre-arrival packet electronically
  • Scholar schedules a shipment for the DS-2019
  • Scholar pays I-901 SEVIS fee and J-1 visa application fee
  • Scholar schedules visa appointment at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy

1-2 Months to Arrival

  • Scholar receives visa approval (if visa is denied, scholar may re-apply)
  • Scholar makes travel and housing arrangements
  • Scholar confirms health insurance coverage with OISSS

1-2 Weeks to Arrival

  • OISSS contacts scholar to schedule a mandatory orientation related to immigration and an introduction to Bradley University and Peoria


  • Scholar attends mandatory orientation session with OISSS
  • Scholar obtains Bradley ID card
  • Scholar's program begins