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Employment Authorization

J-1 students must obtain authorization prior to beginning any type of employment, including on campus jobs and assistantships. ISSS can authorize employment for all J-1’s with a Vanderbilt DS-2019.  Students with DS-2019’s issued by a sponsor other than Vanderbilt, such as IIE, should contact their J-1 Responsible Officer for assistance.

Click on the links above for information on various types of employment authorization.


Volunteering must be a legitimate, advertised volunteer position in which you do not receive any type of compensation including financial.