This immigration class is available to students enrolled in a full course of study who are supported substantially by scholarships, grants and sources other than personal or family funds at a U.S. institution. The J-1 Student may be valid for the time required to complete a degree program or up to 24 months for non-degree programs. This immigration status may be extended upon completion of the course of study for the student to engage in academic training employment related to the field of study. Employment on the student's campus may be authorized for up to 20 hours per week while school is in session and 40 hours during intersession. Certain other types of employment (e.g. economic necessity, non-paid academic training) may be approved by the Responsible Officer of the J-1 program. Duke students should contact the appropriate Visa Services advisor.
Paid academic training, either before or after completion of studies, must be authorized by the Responsible Officer of the program before the student can engage in employment. An extended visa document, DS-2019, may be necessary as well. The maximum time for academic training is 18 months total or the student's period of full course of study in the U.S., whichever is less. Postdoctoral students may be allowed up to 36 months. Duke students should contact the appropriate Visa Services advisor to apply. Reimbursements, honoraria, or per diem payments received as a guest lecturer, etc., may be allowed if these activities occur on the student's campus and are part of the student's authorized part-time on-campus employment OR if the student has prior written approval for academic training from the Responsible Officer of the student's exchange visitor program.
Dependents of J-1s may be admitted in J-2 status and may apply to the DHS for permission to work. This is general work authorization for any job for which the alien qualifies.