An international Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Merced can be sponosred by three different visa types. An F-1 student visa using approved post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), a J-1 exchange visitor visa or an H-1B visa. No matter which visa a Postdoctoral Scholar is sponsored for by UC Merced, the employment authorization is like a contract. There are Department of Homeland Security and UC Merced regulations/policies the Postodoctoral Scholar must adhere to in order to maintain their visa status.
UC Merced sponosred J visa holders must adhere to guidance on our J visa web page.
Further information for Postdoctoral Scholars can be found on the Graduate Division's Web Page for Postdocs.