information for international postdocs

Welcome!

Rutgers University is home to a vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers from all over the world. In fact, nearly 50% of all Rutgers postdocs are foreign nationals. Take a look at our most recent demographics:

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The offices below are your first point of contact for international postdocs and are your home away from home. Through one-on-one orientations, international postdocs receive important information about their visas and how to navigate the campus and state. You'll also learn about upcoming events and opportunities to connect with other international scholars. 

For Visa Matters: Rutgers Global – International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Offers Rutgers–Camden, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and RBHS international scholars immigration processing and answers your questions to ensure that your status remains legal while you’re in the United States. The office also provides:

  • Personal advising sessions to resolve your particular issues and answer your questions
  • Cross-cultural, fun, and informative events and programs for you and your dependents
  • Communications on campus and community life and immigration updates   
  • Resources when you arrive to help you obtain a driver’s license

Announcements:

New Updates on Geographic COVID-Related Travel Restrictions and Consular Availability in India:

New Proclamation Restricting Travel from India to the U.S.

Effective May 4th, President Biden has issued a new proclamation restricting travel to the United States by individuals who were physically present in India during the 14-day period prior to their planned entry or attempted entry to the United States.  This proclamation is similar to the current restrictions already in place suspending travel from Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and South Africa.  

The Department of State has released additional guidance, confirming who is not subject to this proclamation and who may qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE) in India.  Additional FAQs are available on the U.S. Embassy in India's webpage. Travelers who wish to visit the United States and have a valid visa in the appropriate class, or who are seeking to apply for a visa, and believe they may qualify for a national interest exception should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates in India Limit Visa Services as COVID Rates Rise

On April 26, 2021, the U.S. Consular Mission to India announced significant limitations to visa and other services as a result of the rising COVID rates and for the safety and protection of its consular staff and customers. On April 27, 2021, the U.S. Consular Mission announced further restrictions as follows:

  • Effective immediately, both all in-person and interview-waiver appointments, at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi and the U.S. Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata are canceled until May 15. Emergency services for U.S. citizens will continue.
  • Effective immediately, the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai currently is only providing emergency services to U.S. citizens and emergency visa services until further notice. Mumbai will continue to honor dropbox appointments.

The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in India are currently unable to reschedule any canceled appointments at this time due to limited appointment availability and for safety reasons. Even when consular posts reopen, visa issuance will be limited as the result of the new proclamation suspending travel from India.  This may delay the ability of new J-1 and H-1B faculty/scholars who are abroad to obtain visas in India.  For international faculty/scholars already present in the U.S., we continue to strongly discourage all international travel, especially if it would require applying for a visa in India. 

Updated Guidance to Earlier Restrictions of Travel to the U.S. from Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and South Africa

The Department of State has updated its guidance on exceptions to geographic-based COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations restricting travel to the U.S. from Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and South Africa.  This guidance clarifies which categories of individuals may now qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE). 

According to the Department of State, the following categories may now qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE): 

  • Those who are seeking to provide vital support for critical infrastructure;
  • Journalists;
  • Students; and
  • Certain academics covered by J-1 exchange visitor programs (students, postdocs, and other visiting scholars).

The Department of State will also continue to issue NIEs to other travelers seeking to enter the United States for purposes related to humanitarian travel, public health response, and national security.

We strongly discourage any international travel that is not absolutely necessary until further notice.  However, if international travel is unavoidable, international faculty/scholars should carefully review travel restrictions on the website of the appropriate consular post before departing.  Please contact your adviser directly or send an email to isss-facultyscholars@global.rutgers.edu OR isss-rbhs@global.rutgers.edu or by calling 848-932-7800 or 973-972-6830 should you have any questions.

For more information, please visit our new page: Frequently Asked Questions for Postdocs