Current program: Teaching Assistant and Education student from September 2014 to May 2015 ( 9 months).
New program: Teaching fellowship at a national summer school program between June 2015 and August 2015 (2 months).
Current visa: J1, until end of June 2015.
I am looking to extend my stay in the US by two/three months in order to take part in a teaching fellowship program. Altogether my stay would not exceed 12 months (September 2014 to August 2015). For the second program I will have a new sponsor and will therefore have to transfer to another program. However, a change into another program category will be denied by the State Department unless the transfer “is clearly consistent and closely related to the participant’s original exchange objective.” (22 CFR 62.41(b))Obviously both programs involve teaching. I guess my question was whether or not that will be enough of a connection, but as it seems I will have to see my program coordinator about it. Thank you for your answers!
There has to be a reasonable argument that it is related. For example, you could not come to the U.S. for some engineering program and then take accounting.
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It means exactly what it says. If your exchange objective was in getting experience or changing experience in teaching then it should be closely related. To extend the visa you need a new DS 2019, which is not issued by you but the program coordinator.
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You've got to make a convincing and plausible argument that the new program and training will be clearly consistent and a continuation of the first training you received.
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They must be related and add and improve on the first training you received.
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