Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)

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Sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Academic Training - UF Host Department and Student Information

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) Sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE) Academic Training - UF Host Department and Student Information The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students from Brazil for study at colleges and universities in the United States. Scholarships are awarded to students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. After completion of an academic year, students return to Brazil to complete their degrees. This initiative, administered by the U.S. federal agency Institute of International Education (IIE), is part of the Brazilian government's larger effort to grant 100,000 scholarships to the best students from Brazil for study abroad at the world's top universities. The program provides an exchange experience at a U.S. college or university to a diverse group of emerging Brazilian student leaders, widening the academic and research exchange between the U.S. and Brazil. This initiative is the result of joint efforts from two sponsoring organizations, CAPES and CNPq.

CAPES

Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior is an organization within the Brazilian Ministry of Education. It is primarily concerned with the evaluation of programs at Brazilian institutions of higher learning, and the awarding of grants and scholarships related to education.

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CNPq

Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico is an organization within the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology. It is primarily concerned with the advancement of scientific research and technology.

CAPES/CNPq program goals are:

  1. To promote scientific research;
  2. To invest in educational resources, allocated both within Brazil, and internationally;
  3. To increase international cooperation within science and technology;
  4. To initiate and engage students in global dialogue.
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Program Related Immigration Information

The J visa Program was created by the U.S. Department of State to foster international understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. It has been a successful component of American public diplomacy for more than 50 years. The J visa program includes several different categories of activity, enabling foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills, or receive on-the-job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years. Permitted activities are category-specific.

U.S. State Department-designated sponsors are authorized to issue the Certificate of Eligibility for the Exchange Visitor (J-1) status (form DS-2019), the basic document to support an application for an exchange visitor visa (J-1 visa). Sponsors screen and select prospective exchange visitors based on the criteria specified in the governing regulations. The form DS-2019 is created and maintained by designated sponsors in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). SEVIS is a nationwide, internet-based system that the U.S. government uses to maintain accurate and current information on non-immigrant students (F and M), exchange visitors (J) and their dependents (F-2, M-2, and J-2).

Foreign nationals who receive a form DS2019 use that document to support an application to the U.S. government for a J-1 visa to enter the U.S. The J-1 visa is an endorsement in a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter the U.S., leave, or stay for a specified period of time in the U.S. Once the foreign national enters the U.S. in J visa status, s/he must complete an in-person check-in with the sponsor which issued the DS2019, or the designated location for their J activity. This will verify the immigration status of the foreign national in the U.S., and the sponsor can then "validate" the foreign national in SEVIS, indicating that the visitor has arrived at the sponsoring organization, having entered the U.S. in the correct J visa status.

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Academic Training

Academic Training (AT) is a benefit of the J-1 Non-Degree and Degree Seeking Student statuses, allowing certain types of study-related employment (paid or unpaid). AT is an internship, research, or observership opportunity directly related to a student's field of study. Authorization for AT is granted by the Responsible Officer/Alternate Responsible Officer (RO/ARO) at the institution/organization sponsoring the student's J-1 program and issuing their form DS-2019. BSMP students sponsored by IIE are required to actively search for AT opportunities lasting between 8 and 16 weeks and taking place during the summer period (generally May - August).

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Student Responsibilities

BSMP students wishing to engage in AT at the University of Florida (UF) must first contact their IIE student representative for authorization procedures and requirements. IIE has forms which must be completed and approved. AT cannot begin until the student has obtained the appropriate authorization from their immigration sponsor (IIE). AT, once authorized by the immigration sponsor in SEVIS, will appear in section #5 on the form DS-2019 and the sponsor will also issue a separate written authorization. Students wishing to engage in AT at UF must first find a faculty host supervisor. Students may use the search engine on the main UF webpage to look up UF Colleges and departments, and then may search for potential faculty members to inquire about opportunities. Students must follow all IIE rules and regulations for AT. Students must always report any changes to their U.S. living address to their IIE student representative. Any potential changes related to the AT authorization such as change of funding, work site location and supervisor/supervisor contact information must be communicated and approved, in advance, by the student's IIE student representative.

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Paid Academic Training

AT may be paid or unpaid. Paid UF AT during the authorized period must be approved in advance by IIE. Funding should be updated in SEVIS by the IIE student representative and should appear on the form DS-2019. The updated form DS-2019 showing the UF funding as well as the AT authorization (section #5) will be needed by UF Human Resources to process the hiring and pay for J-1 students. The updated form DS-2019 will also be required if the student needs to apply for a social security card with the U.S. Social Security Administration. J-1 students are eligible to apply for a social security card only if they have approved paid employment. During check-in, the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) will provide information on where and how to apply for a social security card.

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UF Host Responsibilities

AT is not a transfer of immigration sponsorship. IIE will continue to sponsor the BSMP student, will maintain the student's SEVIS record, and is ultimately responsible for the BSMP student, including their health insurance requirement. There are no forms from the UFIC to be completed by UF faculty host or host department. IIE has forms to be completed by the UF faculty host requesting specific information about the AT opportunity, such as dates of participation, name and address for site of activity, supervisor contact information, compensation, estimated weekly hours for engagement, etc. Host departments will need to generate, affiliate and issue the BSMP student a UFID number. These students will be eligible for a GatorOne ID card ($15 cost to student). Students will be eligible to ride the Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) for free by showing the GatorOne card.

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UF Accommodations

BSMP students coming to UF's Gainesville campus for AT over the summer term are eligible for on-campus summer intern housing. UF Housing will bill IIE directly for the housing and assist the student with setting up their UF meal plan.

Click here to Apply for UF on-campus housing

If you have any questions please contact: ConferenceServices@housing.ufl.edu

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UF International Center Check-In

While BSMP students engaged in AT at UF are not the immigration responsibility of the UFIC , the UFIC welcomes and supports these students. We would like all students to know whom to contact and where to go if they have any needs, questions or concerns. To assure that the students are connected to UFIC and aware of the center as a resource, the Exchange Visitor Services unit (EVS) within the UFIC would like BSMP students under AT to conduct a brief check-in at our office in the Hub, Suite 190. Our office will provide: bus and campus maps, information on how to obtain the UF GatorOne card, cultural exchange activities/things to see and do in and around Gainesville, as well emergency, safety, and medical information. The EVS office will also provide guidance on how to obtain a U.S. social security card, if the student is authorized and eligible. The EVS check-in process will allow our office to obtain information from each student to help ensure they have the best experience possible.

PLEASE NOTE: BSMP students engaging in AT at locations other than Gainesville, such as the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences/IFAS Research and Education Centers, should discuss housing and meal options directly with their academic sponsor for precise information about what choices are available at that specific location. The UFIC and the UF BSMP Coordinator are not able to advise about accommodation and meal arrangements for locations outside of Gainesville.

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BSMP students conducting AT on the main UF campus are to conduct a personal check-in with the EVS office (Hub, Suite 190).

Items for EVS Check-In

  • J-1 Visa
  • Passport
  • IIE form DS-2019 (preferably the form DS-2019 with AT authorization in section #5, and noting any UF funding if the UF opportunity is paid)
  • IIE AT authorization Letter
  • EVS BSMP AT Check-In Form

BSMP students conducting AT at a UF off-site location, such as one of UF's many Research and Education Centers, may conduct a long-distance check-in. For the long-distance check-in host departments may scan/email all items above except the DS-2019. New Department of State regulations prohibit the transmission of electronic copies/faxes of DS-2019s.

All BSMP students conducting AT at UF for the summer term will need to email the UF BSMP Coordinator, Nathalia Hernandez Ochoa (nochoa@latam.ufl.edu) their name, UFID number, AT dates, the name of their UF host professor, and UF location of the approved AT.

UF Host Responsibilities

AT is not a transfer of immigration sponsorship. IIE will continue to sponsor the BSMP student, will maintain the student's SEVIS record, and is ultimately responsible for the BSMP student, including their health insurance requirement. There are no forms from the UFIC to be completed by UF faculty host or host department. IIE has forms to be completed by the UF faculty host requesting specific information about the AT opportunity, such as dates of participation, name and address for site of activity, supervisor contact information, compensation, estimated weekly hours for engagement, etc. Host departments will need to generate, affiliate and issue the BSMP student a UFID number. These students will be eligible for a GatorOne ID card ($15 cost to student). Students will be eligible to ride the Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) for free by showing the GatorOne card.

We look forward to having you with us at the University of Florida and welcome the BSMP students to the Gator Nation!

For inquiries, please contact:
Scott Davis
J Program Advisor, ARO
UFIC Exchange Visitor Services
352-273-1527
sdavis@ufic.ufl.edu

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