J-1 ACADEMIC TRAINING
Academic Training (AT) is work authorization for J-1 student employment in the student's field of study. It is granted by the J-1 student’s Program Sponsor (the institution which issues the Certificate of Eligibility document). Available before or after completion of studies. Allows for a total of 18 months of employment (or the length of the study program, whichever is shorter). Postdoctoral researchers may extend their authorization for an additional 18 months (total 36 months). Application Instructions: 1. Obtain a job offer letter (on official stationary/letterhead) from the employer with the following information: name/address of employer brief job description name of the supervisor dates of employment
2. Complete the attached sheet. Your academic advisor must complete and sign the bottom section. 3. Submit your application materials to the ISSS office at least ten business days before your academic program end date. ISSS will review the request and issue you a letter of work authorization and, if granted post-completion AT, a new Certificate of Eligibility, too, if you are a USF-sponsored student and the appointment is approved Applications for post-completion AT must be received by the ISSS office before the completion of the academic program. The academic program completion date is determined as follows: a. Undergraduates………. last day of the semester completing degree requirements b. Graduates……………… day degree requirements are fulfilled – i.e., completion of final coursework, passing final exams, or filing of thesis or dissertation c. JEEP…………………… last day of the semester completing the exchange program
NOTE: The completion date may or may not be the same as the end date on your Certificate of Eligibility. Students who are near their completion date and do not have firm job offers should consult ISSS to discuss their status and options.
Changing Jobs: Students may change jobs during the approved period of AT. However, students must notify ISSS so a new ISSS work authorization can be issued before starting the new job. If the new job is substantially different from the first job, the ISSS advisor may request an additional letter from your academic advisor. The student should be prepared to submit a letter of job offer from the new employer and a copy of the position description.
Students on AT must continue to maintain health insurance that meets the U.S. Department of State requirements for J-1 students and their dependents who are in the United States. Required coverage for students and dependents is as follows: $50,000 per accident or illness Deductible of no more than $500 Medical evacuation up to $10,000** Repatriation up to $7500** Covers pre-existing conditions after a reasonable waiting period Includes provision for co-payment that does not exceed 25% co-pay by the Exchange Visitor Does not exclude benefits for perils inherent to the activities of the Exchange Visitor's program Must be underwritten by an insurance company that meets the rating requirements of the U.S. Department of State or is backed by the full faith and credit of the