Form DS-2019: Certificate of Eligibility for an Exchange Visitor
The Exchange Visitor Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Its purpose is "to promote international educational and cultural exchange to develop mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries". Organizations and institutions apply to the DOS for designation as program sponsors. Only designated program sponsors can issue Form DS-2019 to Exchange Visitors.
Exchange visitors come in many varieties: they may be students, professors, researchers, specialists, short-term scholars, au pairs, camp counselors, international visitors, etc. UNH is a designated program sponsor and has permission to issue Form DS-2019 to those individuals who qualify to enter the U.S. as visiting professors, research scholars, specialists, students or short-term scholars.
The program sponsor issues Form DS-2019 to a qualified foreign national participating in its exchange visitor program. This form is taken by the foreign national to a U.S. Consulate or Embassy overseas to apply for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. The Exchange Visitor presents his/her valid passport containing the J-1 visa and Form DS-2019 to a DHS Officer on arrival in the U.S. If the DHS Officer is satisfied with the documents presented, the exchange visitor will be issued Form I-94 and admitted to the U.S. in J-1 "immigration status".
In order to be in lawful "immigration status" an exchange visitor must be in possession of Form DS-2019 with valid dates (as specified on Block 3 of the form) and have an I-94 card with the notation D/S. The exchange visitor is only permitted to receive compensation from the program sponsor which issued Form DS-2019. For exceptions to this rule, please consult with OISS staff.
To determine if a particular exchange visitor (J-1 immigration status) is eligible to be employed or compensated by UNH, you must review Form DS-2019. The form contains personal information about the visitor, the category of exchange visitor (student, professor, research scholar, specialist or short-term scholar) the dates of validity, and the name of the program sponsor. If Form DS-2019 has been issued by UNH, the foreign national is eligible to be employed, or receive compensation from UNH. This form, combined with a foreign passport or other identity document with a photograph, and a valid I-94 card may be used to verify employment eligibility.
If Form DS-2019 has been issued by a Program Sponsor other than UNH, written permission from the sponsor is required for employment or compensation at UNH and you should contact the OISS immediately.
If Form DS-2019 indicates student status and the program sponsor is UNH, the visitor is a UNH student and is eligible for on-campus employment at no more than 20 hours per week during school sessions and 40 hours a week during vacation periods. However, all J-1 students require authorization from the OISS to be employed on campus. If the student's Form DS-2019 has been issued by a program sponsor other than UNH, contact the OISS for information.