J-1’s may receive funding from multiple sources, including USC, the visitor’s home government, the visitor’s home university, personal sources, and outside organizations.
J-1’s are allowed to be USC employees, but cannot be in tenure-track positions, as this runs counter to their non-immigrant visa status.
Minimum Funding Levels
- J-1 scholar $18,000/year ($1,500/month) (research scholar, professor, short-term scholar, & student non-degree)
- J-2 spouse $7,200/year ($600/ month)
- J-2 child (under 21) $3,600/year per child ($300/ month per child)
What to submit for Proof of Funding Requirement
- If paid by USC: Invitation letter from USC
- If funded by outside organization or your home government: Letter which outlines funding amount and the duration of funding.
- If self-funded: Bank statement* or letter from the bank in scholar’s name.
- Combination of Different Financial Sources: This minimum total funding amount may be met through a combination of funding sources indicated above.
Guidelines regarding bank statements & proof of funding letters
- If bank statement is not in English, provide a translation.
- Funding should be in US dollars. If not, please attach a currency conversion print out.
- Must be readily available funds. Bank statement must show total balance of checking or savings account. (No investments, stocks, mutual funds, etc.)
- Must be no older than 3 months from date submitted.
- On-line bank statements must indicate the account holder and identify the type of account.
- Letter from Bank must be printed on bank stationary and signed.
Note for Non-Degree Students:
- Over 51% of funding must come from source other than personal funding for Non-Degree Students
- Exception: 51% rule waived for direct exchange students (MOU with their university)