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TSRI Forms

Eligibility for a particular visa classification is determined by federal regulations. No person(s) at The Scripps Research Institute is legally authorized to promise, offer, or sign for a visa of any type except the International Services Office staff.

New J visa regulations require sponsors to verify "sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measure of English language proficiency, successfully to participate in in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis." TSRI sponsors must now complete the TSRI Certification of English Language Proficiency Form and submit it to the International Services Office when requesting J visa sponsorship.

VIVA - Visas for International Visitors from Abroad

All forms are completed online using VIVA.

Lab Admins: For training and assistance please view our short online tutorial (Intranet) and contact us at Also, view our online VIVA informational page (Intranet).

Scholars & Students

The following forms can be submitted online at

  • Travel Letter Request (Please submit 10 business days in advance of travel date)
  • Contact & Address Updates
  • Request to add a J-2 dependent
  • F-1 OPT/STEM Request (TSRI Students Only)