PURPOSE OF THIS SHEET
This handout is designed for J-1 Visiting Professors and Research Scholars. It will explain your eligibility for incidental employment during your Exchange Visitor program in the United States, and tell you how to apply.
YOUR J-1 RESPONSIBLE OFFICER
To work for any employer other than the school named on your Form DS-2019, you must first obtain approval in writing from your J-1 Responsible Officer, who represents your J-1 sponsor and issues your Forms DS-2019. He or she must evaluate the proposed employment in terms of your program objectives and your individual circumstances, and then decide whether it would be appropriate or not. If Binghamton University is your sponsor, then your J-1 Responsible Officer is the Director of the office of International Student and Scholar Services. If your J-1 sponsor is an agency, and if you are uncertain how to reach your J-1 Responsible Officer, staff in the office of International Student and Scholar Services will help you find out, but has no authority to grant employment permission.
The proposed employment:
To obtain authorization for incidental employment, you should present the following to your J-1 Responsible Officer:
If your J-1 Responsible Officer approves, he or she will authorize the employment in writing.
AUTHORIZATION TO WORK
If the employment is a lecture or consultation, you will be working not as an employee but as an independent contractor, meaning that you will not have a sustained employer-employee relationship with the person or institution paying you, and will not complete From I-9, "Employment Eligibility Verification," in order to start work. In that situation your authorization will take the form of a letter to you from your J-1 Responsible Officer, which your employer may ask to see, and which you should keep--permanently.
If the incidental employment is sustained, for example if you will be teaching a course at another school that lasts an entire term, then your authorization will be a new FormDS-2019, issued by your present J-1 Responsible Officer, showing the name of the employer (as well as the institution of your principal affiliation), and the amount you will be paid. The DS-2019 is then used as documentation when you and your employer complete Form I-9, "Employment Eligibility Verification," before you start work.
Last Updated: 6/7/10