J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa
J-1 Exchange Visitors may be students, visiting professors, visiting researchers, specialists or short-term visiting scholars.
J-1 students are permitted to hold on-campus jobs for no more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session and up to 40 hours per week during breaks and vacation periods. All students in J-1 visa status must obtain prior approval from the OISS before accepting on-campus employment. J-1 students in undergraduate or master's degree programs may be eligible to participate in academic training programs of up to 18 months. Students on J-1 visas do not need to apply to the USCIS for work authorization, but must obtain written authorization from the OISS prior to accepting employment. Academic Training must be directly related to the field of study and must be recommended by the student's academic advisor.
J-1 students who have completed a Ph.D. may be entitled to 36 months of Academic Training following completion of their degree requirements. Academic training for Ph.D. students is granted in 18 month increments and does not require USCIS employment authorization. However, the employment must be directly related to the field of study, be recommended by the student's academic advisor and written approval must be obtained in advance from the OISS.
Visiting professors or researchers in J-1 visa status may be employed at UNH in temporary positions for a maximum of three years. J-1 visa holders are not permitted to be tenured or hold tenure-track positions.