This J-1 Exchange Visitor category has a minimum stay of three weeks, and a maximum continuous stay of 5 years. The five-year maximum stays for a J-1 research scholar/professor. The five-year “clock” begins with the start date on the Form DS-2019 and this status remains available until the end of five years from that date or the date the J-1 program is concluded, whichever is earlier. At Fresno State, the initial DS-2019 will be issued for the duration of the academic appointment and can be extended for the duration of the appointment up to a maximum of five years.
Paid employment for J-1 research scholars or professors is permitted only if it is described on the Form DS-2019 issued to the J-1 visa holder. In most cases, it is not possible for a J-1 visa holder to accept paid employment outside of Fresno State. However, there is a provision which allows for occasional lectures, if the permission is requested and granted by the International Office before the event.
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