Section: ISSS


Visiting Professor with Community Member

To become a visiting professor at UW-Platteville in the J-1 visa category, a UW-Platteville department must first issue a letter of invitation to the candidate. When a UW-Platteville department invites a visiting professor from abroad for the purposes of teaching, observing, lecturing, consulting, and/or research, a J-1 visa is the appropriate visa for the visitor. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office will need to issue a Form DS-2019 for the visiting professor so that s/he may apply for a J-1 visa at a U.S. consulate.

To be issued a DS-2019, the application materials listed below must be submitted by the visiting professor candidate to the host department, which the host department will then pass on along with the Department Recommendation Form and invitation letter to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office.

Application Documents to Be Submitted by scholar to Host Department

  • Completed J-1 Visiting Professor Application Form
  • Completed J-1 Professor Financial Verification Form and financial documentation
  • A letter from the visiting professor’s home institution (on letterhead) endorsing the visitor to come to UW-Platteville, including a detailed description of what the home university expects him/her to do/study/accomplish while s/he is at UW-Platteville
  • Copy of the passport information page
  • Vitae/resume
  • Official transcript/s showing at least a bachelor's degree or highest level of study (translated into English)
  • Documentation of English Proficiency translated into English 
  • J-1 Proof of English Proficiency Form
  • Document providing permission to conduct a criminal background check

J-1 Professor Responsibilities

After being issued a Form DS-2019 by the ISSS office, the visiting professor is responsible for doing the following:

Before arrival in the U.S.

  • Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online PRIOR to visa appointment
  • Prepare visa application materials and go to U.S. Consulate to obtain J-1 U.S. visa stamp in passport
  • Use DS-2019 and passport with J-1 U.S. visa stamp to enter the U.S.
  • Read “Maintaining Legal Status” at the end of this document and be aware of the U.S. immigration regulations by which you must abide while on a J-1 visa in the professor category.

After arrival in the U.S.

  • Check in with ISSS office for mandatory registration as soon as possible after arrival in U.S.
  • Schedule and attend mandatory J-1 Professor Orientation
  • Pay for health insurance at Cashier’s Office (if covered by ISSS plan offered through Rust Associates)
  • Report to Human Resources to complete paperwork for background check. Bring national ID card.
  • Complete the Post-Arrival Checklist for Scholars


Contact - PDSO/RO

Contact your PDSO/RO

Liz Kruse
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
Responsible Officer (RO)
Assistant Director, International Programs
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818
Tel: 608.342.1726

What is a Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)?

At schools authorized to receive international students, one or more Designated School Officials (DSOs) are chosen by the school as official representatives to the U.S. government and authorized by the government to issue F-1 class non-immigrant student visa-related documents. Each government-approved school must choose one PDSO who will be responsible for all the DSOs at the school, who will maintain the official government records for international students, and who is authorized to make changes in the DSO team.

What is a Responsible Officer (RO)?

All government-approved J-1 exchange visitor program sponsors appoint an RO to administer the program according to the regulations and to represent the sponsor to the U.S. government. Program administration refers to the daily operation of the program and includes selecting participants, providing pre-arrival and orientation information to participants, issuing Form DS-2019, overseeing the general activities of the participants, communicating with the U.S. Department of State, and maintaining records on the program.


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