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In accordance with Federal regulations, J-1 exchange visitors in the Professor and Research Scholar categories are permitted to participate in occasional lectures and short-term consultations at locations not listed on RBHS's Form DS-2019, if such activities are approved by the program sponsor [RBHS], and provided that such activities meet the following criteria:

  • The activity must be directly related to the objectives of the exchange visitor's program
  • The activity must be incidental to the exchange visitor's primary program activities; and
  • The activity does not delay the completion date of the visitor's program

In addition, exchange visitors engaging in such activities must act as independent contractors.

Procedures for obtaining approval

Incidental employment must be authorized in writing by the Responsible Officer prior to the exchange visitor commencing the activity. In order to obtain authorization to engage in employment outside RBHS, you must do the following:

  • Obtain a letter from the prospective employer which: 1) requests permission from RBHS to undertake the lecturing or consulting and 2) sets forth the terms and conditions of the offer to lecture or consult, including duration (not to exceed end date of your current DS-2019), number of hours, field or subject, amount of compensation, and description of activity.
  • Obtain a letter from your RBHS faculty sponsor/supervisor recommending such activity and explaining how it would enhance your program.
  • Submit both letters referenced above with your request for work permission either by mail or fax to the OIS.
  • An RO/ARO will review the request and if approved issue a permission letter. Turnaround time is approximately 2 weeks.

On-campus restrictions
You must conduct your principal program activity at the department and location listed on the form DS-2019. You may not change departments or accept additional employment in another department, even if it is in your field, without authorization from the OIS.
Student assistantships are not appropriate employment for a J-1 research scholars and professors.



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