J scholars must show an original DS-2019 form in addition to the standard documents above. You do not need to submit additional materials. No DSO letter is required. No employer letter is required.
J-1 students with “Indiana University” listed in item 2 of their DS-2019 do not need a letter.
J-1 students with a sponsor other than “Indiana University” in item 2 of their DS-2019 must get a letter from their official sponsor. Many of these sponsors, such as IIE-Fulbright, provide these letters at their orientation. J-1 students must submit this letter and a valid DS-2019 in addition to the standard documents listed above.
All F-1 students need to submit the standard documents listed above. Also, F-1 students need proof of a job or a job offer. If you have a job at IU, the hiring department must have completed, or must intend to complete, a Hire e-doc in HRMS.
F-1 students can prove employment with either a pay advice or paycheck stub, or you can supply a letter from your employer. The letter should follow the format in this sample employer letter.
The employer letter must be printed on an original of the employer's colored letterhead and must have an original departmental signature. The employer's letter may not list more than one student at a time.
In addition, you need to provide a DSO letter. To obtain the DSO letter, you can fill out the Social Security Letter request in iStart. Once the request is approved, you can pick up the DSO letter by bringing your employer letter to the Office of International Services, 221 Poplars, 400 E. Seventh Street.
All F-1 students need to submit the standard documents listed above in iStart. F-1 graduate students who have graduate assistantships or associate instructorships must also submit the following:
- A letter to the student from the IU department that outlines the stipulations of the work portion of the fellowship or assistantship
- A DSO letter from OIS (for student academic appointees)
All F-1 students need to submit the standard documents listed above. No employer letter is necessary. However, the I-20 must be properly endorsed with DSO authorization for CPT on page 3.
Under certain circumstances, F-1 students can obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) that permits you to work off campus. In most cases, F-1 students with an EAD are on Optional Practical Training. F-1 students who have an EAD need to submit the standard documents listed above, and should show your EAD when you apply. No employer letter is necessary. No DSO letter is necessary.