Scholars and interns on a J-1 visa are admitted to the United States for a specific period of time permitted by the U.S. State Department (DOS). This time is called "duration of status,” (The abbreviation D/S is written on the scholar's DS-2019 form and I-94 card upon arrival in the U.S.)
"Duration of status" means that the scholar or intern may legally remain in the United States as long as the J-1 status is valid; that is,
- the DS-2019 is active (the ending date of the DS-2019 is a future date)
- the scholar or intern is meeting all the requirements of the appointment contract
- the scholar is obeying the J-1 regulations
Term of Appointment
- Student interns, professors, and research scholars must be appointed for a minimum of three weeks
- The maximum appointment term for a student intern program is twelve months
- this appointment term may be extended to up to two years (under UMass Dartmouth’s Honorific Appointments Policy) with permission of DOS.
- The maximum appointment permitted by DOS for professors and research scholars is five years, but
- under UMass Dartmouth’s Policy on Honorific Appointments, the maximum appointment term for visiting scholars is one year only, and renewal is not usually allowed.
- The maximum appointment for short-term scholars is six months, and there is no minimum stay required.
|Category||Minimum Duration of Participation||Maximum Duration of Participation||Extension Beyond Maximum Duration of Participation Permitted (Needs DOS approval)|
|Student Intern*||3 weeks||12 months||Yes|
|Professor**||3 weeks||5 years||No**|
|Research Scholar**||3 weeks||5 years||No**|
|Short-Term Scholar||N/A||6 months||No|
* Under the UMass Dartmouth’s Policy on Honorific Appointments a visiting research student appointment may last up to 2 years.
** Please note that, even though the maximum duration set by DOS is 5 years, the UMass Dartmouth’s Policy on Honorific Appointments allow visiting scholar appointments up to 1 year only and renewal is not usually allowed.