As a J-1 scholar, you may participate in occasional lectures and short-term consultations, assuming several requirements are met.
The activity must:
- be directly related to your activity at the University of Chicago;
- be incidental;
- not delay the completion date of your J-1 program; and
- be approved by your PI/superviser in advance.
To accept wages or other remunerations, a letter from OIA authorizing the lectures or consultations is needed BEFORE this activity occurs. You will need to provide this letter to the organization that will pay you.
To obtain this letter, please contact your adviser at OIA in advance of the event and provide all relevant details on the proposed activity (such as the date and location as well as the topic or title of the lecture). Before the letter can be issued, OIA will also need to receive the formal approval of your supervisor; this approval can be sent to your adviser in the form of a short e-mail message. This type of letter is not required if you will not receive any wages or remunerations and/or if the activity will not take place in the U.S.
Failure to receive advance approval and/or an amended Form DS-2019 before accepting an honorarium or other type of payment for engaging in a normally approvable and appropriate activity represents a minor or technical infraction that must be reported in SEVIS. Examples of normally approvable and appropriate activities include a lecture or consultation by Professors or Research Scholars, or other activity appropriate to the exchange visitor's category, such as academic training or on-campus employment by college and university students.