University of Wisconsin–Madison

Comparison of J-1 vs. B-1/B-2

For Unpaid Visitors to the UW–Madison Campus.

Can I… J-1 Scholar
(Employee of UW–Madison)
B-1 Visitor Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
(Non-Employee or Visitor of UW–Madison)
Get a Wiscard or University ID? Yes; contact your Department to arrange No
Get Wiscmail (MyUW) or UW Dept. Email? Yes; contact your Department to arrange No
Get a NetID? Yes; contact your Department to arrange Guest ID – short-term access only. Valid for use with centrally supported campus wireless network and campus VPN service. Not for services like dialup access, email or calendar.
Get access to Learn@UW? Yes; contact your department to arrange (through NetID) Special non-NetID account only—only for someone who is not eligible for a NetID.
Get a formal UW appointment? Yes; contact your Department to determine which title is appropriate (Honorary vs. $0 Visiting) No; Visitors can volunteer only (Department should complete necessary paperwork for the Liability Program from Risk Management)
Get access to UW facilities, including the libraries? Yes, contact your Department to arrange.

Note: if export controls apply to a location, the Dept. must contact the Export Control Office to ensure access can be granted

No; Visitors should access UW buildings and facilities as a member of the public only.

Visitor must be accompanied by Department employee at all times if granted access to certain labs or areas of a department for purposes of observing. See building manager for more information.

Note: if export controls apply to a location, the Dept. must contact the Export Control Office to ensure access can be granted.

Get keys to my Department/building? Yes; contact Department to arrange No
Apply for University Housing? Yes; contact University Housing for options No; temporary housing can be found through:

Get a discounted bus pass?
Get parking? Yes; Eligible for base lot permit through UW Transportation Services – see Long Term Parking Options
Get health insurance? Yes; J-1 scholars and any J-2 dependents are required to purchase SHIP for the duration of the J program (or be waived, if eligible for and purchase the UW’s health plan) No; visitors must purchase own travel insurance
Participate in lab research? Yes No – observation only
Participate in clinical work (human and/or animal)? No – observation only. For more information on what is deemed “clinical” contact IFSS No – observation only
Get paid a salary? Yes; if the department chooses to pay the scholar at a later date, the department must contact IFSS to update the J-1 program appropriately No
Get paid an honorarium? Yes; See Accounting Services for more information

J Scholars are required to get permission from IFSS before the “event” occurring.

Yes; See Accounting Services for more information
Get reimbursed for travel? Yes; See Accounting Services for more information

Scholars are required to get permission from IFSS before the “event” occurring.

Yes; See Accounting Services for more information
Do independent research? Yes, if agreed upon by your sponsoring department you may conduct independent research as well as collaborate on UW research Yes, but independent research is no longer independent the minute we give or grant any privileges reserved for UW employees