J-1 Student Academic Training
J-1 Exchange Visitors in a "Student" category may apply for "Academic Training"--a period of 18 months for which they can obtain employment authorization that allows them to work for any employer in their field of study. UC San Diego departments may employ J-1 Academic Training (AT) students with a valid DS-2019 updated for academic training at UC San Diego and with dates of employment indicated without having to sponsor the student in any way. Those J-1 students graduating with a PhD are eligible for a second 18-month period of Academic Training.
'Departments required to I-9 a J-1 student with Academic Training will need to look carefully at box 5 of the student's Form DS-2019, where employment at UC San Diego should be clearly indicated with a specific date range.