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J-1: Maintaining Student Status

Once a student is admitted to the United States in J-1 status, s/he must meet certain obligations relative to the student visa. The student in J-1 status must:

  • Maintain a valid passport all times;
  • Attend the school the student was authorized to attend;
  • Maintain a full course of study;
  • Apply for extension of stay before expiration of present DS-2019;
  • Follow proper procedures to continue in J-1 status from one educational level to another;
  • Follow proper procedures to transfer to another school;
  • Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours or less per week while school is in session;
  • Refrain from off-campus employment, including paid or unpaid internships, without proper authorization from International Student and Scholar Services and/or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
  • Report a change of address to International Student and Scholar Services within 10 days of any move.

If you are unsure of how situational changes may effect your visa status, you should contact the ISSS office.