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
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
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.
a letter from your RBHS faculty sponsor/supervisor recommending
such activity and explaining how it would enhance your program.
both letters referenced above with your request for work permission
either by mail or fax to the OIS.
RO/ARO will review the request and if approved issue a permission
letter. Turnaround time is approximately 2 weeks.
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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