Visiting Researchers / Scholars

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Effective immediately, the Visiting Researcher/Scholar program has been suspended for incoming visitors. In consultation with Immigration Services, we estimate the earliest start date for incoming VRS to be on or after July 1, 2020, depending on the developing Covid-19 situation and global travel restrictions. Updates will be issued from Immigration Services when sponsorship under this program is again active. Incoming visitors with a previously approved start date before July 1 should contact to establish a new start date, and also contact Immigration Services regarding the cancellation and or deferral of their visa sponsorship.


If a Faculty Sponsor has an existing VRS and wishes to extend the date of the visit past the original visit end date, please send a request for UGAID extension with explanation/justification and updated end date to, and contact  Immigration Services at with questions about visas or other immigration concerns.

The University of Georgia welcomes visiting researchers and scholars (VRS) from all across the world. As the state’s most comprehensive research institution, UGA proudly hosts the opportunity for VRS at all levels in their academic career. Through the VRS hosting procedures, UGA visiting researchers and scholars have access to necessary UGA resources, as well as identification through a UGAID and appropriate “standing” at UGA.