U.S. State Department Designates SUNY Geneseo a Sponsor of Exchange Visitors Program

GENESEO, N.Y. - The U.S. State Department has granted authority to the State University of New York at Geneseo to issue the document required for a J-1 visa to foreign students and faculty members wishing to study, teach or conduct research at Geneseo.

"Until last year, students and faculty members wishing to come to Geneseo on a J-1 visa had to be sponsored by the University at Buffalo," said Rebecca Lewis, interim assistant provost in the Office of International Programs. "Due to changes in the reporting requirements, the University at Buffalo no longer is able to sponsor exchange students or faculty on other campuses. Having the ability to issue the document required to obtain a J-1 visa will allow SUNY Geneseo greater flexibility in bringing international students and faculty to our campus."

The J-1 Exchange Visitor Program is designed to promote mutual understanding between people in the United States and other countries through educational and cultural exchanges. International visitors with J-1 visas are required to return to their home countries after they complete their programs.

"We think Geneseo's strong focus on international education had a lot to do with the quick approval of our application," said Wes Kennison, faculty fellow for international programs. "The federal government wants organizations with exemplary track records in this area to administer these programs and Geneseo easily measured up."

To contact Geneseo about the program, call 585-245-5546 or visit www.geneseo.edu/oip .

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