Student Immigration Definitions
Obtaining J-1 Exchange Visitor
Student Category Status at Columbia
Transfer of J-1 Supervision
Change of Status to F-1
Potential Delays in Visa Issuance
Student Tax Information
Message for Canadian Students
Maintaining J-1 Status
Health Insurance Overview for J-1 Students
J-1 Travel Information
DHS Information on Arrival Problems
J-1 Extension of Stay (Current Program)
J-1 Extension of Stay to Begin New Program
J-1 Work Opportunities
J-1 On-Campus Work Request
J-1 Academic Training
Employment Authorization for J-2
J-1 Leave of Absence, Suspension or Withdrawal
Student Departure Information
Home Country Residency Requirement
Reduced Course Load Request
Address Change Form
Off-campus work permission for J-1 students is available only under unusual financial circumstances because, in order to qualify for your initial J-1 visa to come to Columbia, you had to present financial documentation showing that your expenses would be covered. You must document that financial changes have occurred since your arrival in the U.S. that severely and urgently affect your financial resources. With ISSO permission, you may work up to twenty hours a week during the academic year and fulltime during the summer and vacation periods.
To apply, you must have been in J-1 status for at least one full academic year and must be a degree candidate in good academic standing. In your application, you must establish and document the unforeseen changes that have severely affected your financial resources.
It is very important that you consider carefully any other options available to you, such as work on campus or loans. You should also inquire at the ISSO about academic training. For information on loans, see your financial aid office.
You should be aware that your application for work permission may have an impact on your eligibility to obtain travel documents as these documents normally require that you show sufficient funds to cover your expenses. Before making plans to leave the country, make sure you discuss your situation with an ISSO advisor.
Procedure - Submit to the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) the documentation listed below.
The International Students and Scholars Office will review your application for eligibility, and, if you are eligible, provide you with a letter of authorization
Once you receive the authorization letter you may work at any off - campus job for up to twenty hours a week during the academic year and fulltime during vacation periods. Authorization ends when the need for employment ceases, when you cease to be in J-1 status, or when you transfer from one school to another.
J-1 FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Please indicate your expenses and funding sources for the current academic year of nine months plus the three month vacation break if you will be in the U.S. Remember to attach a written statement explaining your financial circumstances and copies of documents for any unusual expenses you have incurred.
Last Reviewed:22 February 2011 Last modified: 22 February 2011