Visiting Researchers / Scholars

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The Visiting Researcher/Scholar program is suspended until Phase 3 of UGA operations, which will coincide with the start of fall 2020 semester, currently scheduled for August 20.  The VRS Questionnaire will open July 1 to allow units to begin submitting questionnaires for future visits, but please be aware that visitors may not arrive on campus until the initiation of Phase 3, which is subject to change upon updated guidance from local and state health officials.   Given this uncertainty, we recommend that visits not be initiated until Phase 3 operations. These guidelines apply to domestic and international VRS. Questionnaires that are submitted with visit start dates earlier than August 20, 2020 will be returned.  If Phase 3 is delayed or if the VRS program is once again suspended, UGAIDs assigned to incoming VRSs are subject to deactivation.

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  Full instructions for extension of visit can be found here.  Please 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.