The sponsor's letter authorizing employment, required when one of the categories in
RM 10211.345B.1, in this section, is shown in Item 4 of the DS-2019, must:
be written on the sponsoring organization's letterhead;
show a recent date within the current program start and end dates shown on Item 3
of the DS-2019;
show the name of the J-1 exchange visitor “Student”, “Student Intern”, or “International
indicate the J1 has been authorized to work. The sponsor letter for a J1 does not
need to show a description of the actual work being performed; and
include an original signature of the Responsible Officer for the exchange visitor
program and his or her title.
If a sponsor letter does not include all of the required information, issue a denial
letter indicating the required information was not included on the sponsor letter.
The sponsor is not required to furnish each J-1 Student, Student Intern, or International
Visitor with an original letter. SSA accepts a legible photocopy or duplicate letter
if the information (i.e., sponsor's name, description of program, etc.) coincides
with that on the DS-2019; however, the sponsor representative must certify the photocopy
by signing and dating the sponsor letter with a wet signature.