J-1 exchange visitors may request to switch departments, provided that they maintain the original objective of their exchange program and remain in the same category of the J visa. To transfer J-1 program sponsorship, exchange visitors must have a new department willing to sponsor them as they continue their original activity.
It is very important that the change of departments does not occur until it is approved by ISSS. The new department will need to submit a request in PeopleSoft for Change of Information along with the Change of Department Form and any other documentation to support the new program. If financial support changes with the move, then new evidence of the financial support will be required.