Authorization for occasional lectures and consultations
Under certain circumstances, J-1 scholars may be eligible to engage in occasional lectures or consultations for a U.S. employer other than their sponsoring department, and to receive compensation for these occasional lectures or consultations. If you are not participating in the University of Miami's J-1 program but are sponsored by another J-1 program sponsor and receive an offer from a U.S. employer other than your department to engage in occasional lectures or consultations, then you need to contact your J-1 program sponsor to request authorization to engage in occasional lectures or consultations. Only your J-1 program sponsor can provide you with this authorization.

If you are participating in the University of Miami's J-1 program and receive an offer from a U.S. employer other than your department to engage in occasional lectures or consultations, please provide the following letters to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at least two weeks before you wish to engage in the occasional lecture or consultation:
  • A letter from the offeror setting forth the terms and conditions of the offer to lecture or consult, including the duration, number of hours, field or subject, amount of compensation, and description of such activity; and
  • A letter from your department head or supervisor at the University of Miami recommending such activity and explaining how it would enhance your J-1 program at the University of Miami, and stating that engaging in the activity would not delay the end of your J-1 program at the University of Miami.
Your ISSS advisor will review both letters. Provide that the proposed occasional lecture or consultation and the letters meet the criteria listed above, ISSS will provide you with written authorization to engage in the occasional lecture or consultation for a U.S. employer other than your department, and you will need to take the authorization to the offeror.