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seen Jul 31 '12 at 22:48

Jul
30
comment Do visits to conferences while a visiting scholar reset the 90 days under VWP?
I'm not teaching, I'm not being paid, it's sort of a sabbatical that gives me free time to write. I have no commitments to produce anything for the university, it's more a case of me participating in their community and make it seem more international I guess :-) I don't want to mess with anything, and would rather err on the side of caution. I'm not a full time academic, I'm a professional who is doing a PhD for fun (yes, seriously). The area I'm working on is something the dean found interesting so he is trying to be a bit of a mentor and free me up from the day job to get some writing done.
Jul
30
comment Do visits to conferences while a visiting scholar reset the 90 days under VWP?
I have asked if they can simply apply for a J1 to play safe, and I hope that is possible even now, given that I have to be there in September. Thanks again for the detailed response.
Jul
30
comment Do visits to conferences while a visiting scholar reset the 90 days under VWP?
For what it's worth, I'm not being paid, I'm not a professor or full time research scholar in my home country, and somehow don't seem to fit all the criteria for an exchange visitor (J1).
Jul
30
comment Do visits to conferences while a visiting scholar reset the 90 days under VWP?
@littleadv, Thanks very much for the detailed information. On one hand, I see what you're saying, on the other, several reputed universities have material on their websites specifically addressing the use of the VWP for short term visitors. For e.g. - Harvard's interpretation is available here - hio.harvard.edu/guides/foradministrators/visas/b1andvisawaiver
Jul
28
comment Do visits to conferences while a visiting scholar reset the 90 days under VWP?
Thanks for the responses, the conferences will be in Uruguay and Azerbaijan. The host usually gets visiting scholars J1 visas, but are keen for me to use the visa waiver as I'm a British citizen (resident in India). But yes, I will ask if their international office can help.
Jul
27
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Jul
27
asked Do visits to conferences while a visiting scholar reset the 90 days under VWP?