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J-1 EV Scholar Full-Time Program Activity

J-1 Exchange Visitor Scholars must maintain full-time program activity at the site listed on their Form DS-2019.

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Full-time program activity is defined as 32 hours per week spent pursuing the objectives described on the DS-2019 Request Form submitted to OIS. Vacation days, sick day, and other leave time is allowed but must be approved by your UIC department in advance. If you will be absent for an extended period of time or need to travel internationally, please notify OIS prior to departing or beginning the absence.

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You may only engage in the specific activities as described on the DS-2019 Request Form submitted to OIS. If you are interested in taking classes or enrolling in a degree program, even part-time, you must contact OIS in advance.

You may not accept payment from any source not listed on your Form DS-2019. Accepting funds from another institution before approval is cause for termination of your EV program.

If you are a Research Scholar or Professor, and are offered a program-related opportunity, such as a paid lecture at another institution or other short-term consultations, please refer to our Research Scholar and Professor page.