J-1 Student Immigration
an J-1 student, you are subject to many rules and
regulations related to your immigration status. Advisors at
ISSS are available to assist you and answer your questions
about your immigration status, but it is your
responsibility to know and abide by the law in order to
maintain valid legal status.
a passport that is valid at all times. It is
recommended that you keep your passport valid at least
six months into the future.
the school/institution you were authorized to
registered full-time for each academic semester as
defined by USCIS. For undergraduate students, this
means registration for, and completion of, at least 12
credits per academic semester (fall and spring
semesters), and for graduate students, this means
registration for, and completion of, at least 9
graduate-level credits per academic
for no more than three (3) fully on-line credits as
part of your required full time enrollment.
Undergraduate students may enroll for no more than 3 of
their required 12 credits each term. Graduate
students may enroll for no more than 3 of their
required 9 credits each term.
good academic and make normal progress towards
completing your degree (which includes completion of at
least 12 credits each fall or spring semester for
undergraduate students and at least 9 credits for
for a Program Extension prior to the expiration date of
your DS-2019 if you need additional time to complete
your program. You must receive from OIP and your home
school to be eligible for DS-2019 extension.
your documents to be sure they are in order before
leaving the U.S., even for a brief trip, and be sure to
have the proper documents to re-enter the U.S.
employment only with
proper authorization. Working without proper
authorization constitutes illegal employment, which is
a serious violation of your immigration status.
Notify ISSS if you change
program of study, source of funding, or any other
information listed on your form DS-2019.
further clarifications about any of the above, or if
you wish to make sure you are maintaining legal
status in accordance with your visa classification,
make an appointment to see an ISSS advisor. At the
appointment, make sure to bring your passport, I-94
and DS-2019 with you.