AT is a benefit of J-1
student status that permits off-campus work, training or other experience,
either paid or unpaid, that is directly related
to the student's field of study. AT may take place either before
or after completion of studies.
The following information is only for J-1 students who have a DS-2019
issued by Boston University. If a third-party program sponsor (as
stated in section 2 of your document) issued your DS-2019 for study
at Boston University, you must contact that sponsor regarding AT
To be eligible
for Academic Training, J-1 students must:
- Be primarily in the United States to study rather than engage
in Academic Training
- Be participating in academic training that is directly related
to their major field of study as stated in section 4 of their
- Be in good academic standing with Boston University; and
- Receive written authorization in advance from an ISSO advisor
for the duration and type of academic training.
The maximum period of AT that can be granted is 18 months in total.
However, if the total duration of your studies in the U.S. is less
than 18 months, AT will only be granted for a period of up to the
equivalent of the duration of your program (e.g. 9 months of study
will only allow 9 months of AT). Exception: Additional
time for AT is allowed to the extent necessary for a J-1 student to
satisfy the mandatory requirements of their degree program in the
AT is deducted at the full-time rate,
regardless of how many hours you work per week. No distinction
is made for part-time work. It is recommended that students only
engage in AT part-time while classes are in session.
Applying for Academic Training
for Postdoctoral Training
For post-doctoral training after completion of a U.S. doctorate
degree, a period of up to 36 months of AT is permitted. This
includes any previously authorized AT, and cannot exceed the total
duration of studies in the U.S. Post-doctoral AT can only be
granted up to 18 months at a time; therefore it is likely that
two separate applications will be required for authorization of
a long-term AT placement.
You must apply for AT authorization from
the ISSO before you begin employment. AT must be authorized
for a specific employer, location and time period; therefore you
must have a job offer at the time of application. If there
is a change of employer, job location, or dates of employment, you
must reapply for AT before continuing to work.
You may request to do more than one job
at the same time for AT. However, you must submit a separate AT
application to the ISSO for each placement. Final approval of how
many jobs you may do at once is up to the ISSO.
for Academic Training After Completion of Studies
It is strongly recommended that you apply for Academic Training
before you complete your studies. However, if you are unable
to finalize your employment arrangements earlier, you may apply
during the 30-day "grace period" granted by immigration
regulations following the completion
date of your studies. You will lose your eligibility
for AT if you leave the U.S. during the grace period before
receiving AT authorization.
Post-completion AT does
not have to begin by the end of the grace period if the job requires
you, within reason, to begin later. However, in all cases, the
eighteen months of Academic Training permitted under the regulations
begins counting as of your date of completion of studies.
A new DS-2019 must be
issued to extend your J-1 program to cover the post-completion
AT period. If the post-completion AT is unpaid, or the compensation
is insufficient to cover living expenses during the extended program
period, you must provide proof of adequate financial support
from another source (e.g. family or government) before post-completion
AT will be authorized. You must also continue to maintain
health insurance coverage for yourself and your dependents.
While the regulations that govern the J-1 student category do provide
opportunities for employment, working without authorization is a serious
violation of your immigration status. Therefore, please consult your
ISSO advisor before accepting any employment so that you
can be properly advised as to your eligibility.