Office of Global Engagement
International Students and Scholars

Requesting J-1 Sponsorship

There are several classifications of the J-1 used at Brown University, which means that processing procedures will vary depending on the appropriate classification.

Some J-1 Exchange Visitors may be subject to what is known as the (212(e)) two-year home residency requirement.
As a J-1 Scholar (professor, researcher, short-term scholar or specialist) your employment and activities in the United States are limited to the position described and the location listed on your DS-2019 form.

Maintaining Legal Status

It is important that you maintain a legal immigration status during your stay here at Brown. OISSS is here as the sole resource on campus dedicated to assisting scholars in navigating the rules and regulations that allow you to enter the U.S. as a J-1 Exchange Visitors and govern your immigration status while you pursue your program objective.

In conjunction with various administrative departments on campus, you MUST consult OISSS on any of the following matters*:

  • Changes to your US residential address
  • Changes in financial support
  • Changes in hosting department
  • Incidental employment or volunteering
  • Transferring to another J-1 sponsor
  • Early departure
  • Travel outside of the U.S.

*This is not a complete list of all matter affected by immigration regulations. If you have any questions, please contact OISSS as soon as possible.

J-1 Exchange Visitors may transfer from one designated Exchange Visitor program to another designated Exchange Visitor program if the purpose of the transfer is to complete the objective for which the scholar was initially admitted.
For immigration purposes, dependents are defined as one legally married spouse and/or any unmarried, minor (under age 21) children.