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Occasional Lectures and Consultations



The DS-2019 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor J-1 Status) describes the type of work--the program activity--in which the J-1 scholar may be engaged.

Scholars may receive payment for occasional lectures or short-term consultations at another institution or company, provided that the following requirements are met:

  • The request must be submitted to the International Faculty & Scholar Office (IFSO) prior to the activity.
  • Proposed employment must be directly related to the objectives of the UC San Diego program.
  • Activity must be incidental to the primary program activities.
  • Activity must not delay the completion of the J-1 program.
  • The employer must hire the scholar as an "independent contractor" for any payment.

"Short-term consultations" will not be authorized for periods of greater than two weeks.  "Occasional lectures" are not regularly recurring, such as lecturing once a week for a quarter. No more than one consultation per quarter. Authorization will not be granted for situations that comprise a conflict of interest, such as working for a PI's private company.

How to request authorization

To obtain authorization, a J-1 scholar must submit a J-1 Off-Campus Activity Request Form to IFSO. In this form, the scholar must upload documentation, including the following:

  • Copy of current I-94
  • Invitation or Offer Letter from the prospective employer/organization, on its official letterhead, which includes the following information about the terms and conditions of the offer to lecture or consult:
    • Description of the activity
    • Field or subject
    • Duration of the activity (start and end date required)
    • Total number of hours scheduled to work (please specify per week or month, etc.)
    • Amount of compensation
    • Location of activity (include address)

If approved, IFSO will issue an authorization letter and a new DS-2019.

Allow 10 business days for processing. The International Faculty & Scholar Office will notify the scholar when it is complete or if any other information is required.

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