As a J-1 Scholar (professor, researcher, short-term scholar or specialist) your employment in the United States is restricted to the position described on your DS-2019 form. However the occasional lecture or short-term consultation is permitted, but only with prior written approval from your J-1 Responsible Officer. If Yale issued your DS-2019 form, OISS will issue this letter; if your J-1 sponsor is an external agency or organization you will need permission from this organization.
A request for authorization to engage in an occasional lecture or short term consultation will be possible only if the proposed activity:
To obtain authorization, you must present the following to your J-1 Responsible Officer prior to the date of the proposed activity:
Your authorization will be in the form of letter to you from your J-1 Responsible Officer. The inviting organization will need a copy of this letter in order to pay you an honorarium. You should keep a copy for your permanent record.
As a J-1 scholar your options for incidental employment are limited. Please remember that employment without proper authorization is a serious violation of your status. Before you begin any kind of employment, you must first consult your J-1 Responsible Officer, whose written approval is necessary in advance of your engaging in the incidental employment activity.