Academic Training may be authorized for the length of time necessary to complete the goals and objectives of
the training, provided that:
- The training is approved by the Academic Advisor and Sponsor;
- The training is authorized by the ARO of the student’s J-1 program;
- The training is NOT a tenure track position;
The training does not exceed the following time limitations:
- For students in a prescribed course of study in a non-degree program, their stay is limited to a total of 24 months. They are limited to 18 months of Academic Training or the amount of time spent in the program, whichever is less. The original plan for the program (written on the DS-2019) must have included the Academic Training.
- For students in degree programs, 18 months is available unless the academic program lasted for less time than that (i.e. MS graduated within a year, only 12 months is allowed. Or non-degree completed within 4.5 months, only 4.5 months is allowed)).
- 36 months is available for post-doctoral training, unless the academic program lasted for less time than that. This is authorized 18 months at a time.
Part-time Academic Training is counted as full time.
Before beginning employment, an employer must complete the “Employment Eligibility Verification” Form I-9. Also, the employer and the employee must be aware of all U.S. laws concerning tax obligations. For more information concerning these matters, refer to the form entitled “U.S. Employment Tax Obligations” which is located in the Self-Help Center of the International Student Services (ISS)
(t:everyone/ci@orientat/taxoblig.doc) or visit the ISS website: U.S. Taxes: “Overview of US Tax System