Maintaining J-1 Scholar Status

J-1 scholars must take care to maintain lawful status during their stay in the US.

Failure to maintain lawful status can have serious short-term and long-term consequences for J-1 Scholars.

The exchange visitor may only perform duties limited to the pre-established educational objectives as stated on the DS-2019. Any additional employment must be incidental to the visitor's primary program activities, must be directly related to his or her original objectives, and must be authorized in writing by ISSS in advance.