J-1 visa students should be aware of and follow these basic immigration regulations. Failure to abide by these rules may result in severe hardship:
Maintain full-time enrollment. If, for any reason, you need to drop below full-time, you must seek the J-1 Advisor for assistance BEFORE you drop any courses. Full-time status for undergraduate students is 12 hours. Full-time status for graduate students is 9 hours.
Do not work off-campus. Off-campus employment can only be approved by the J-1 Advisor IF you can show evidence of economic hardship or if you are applying for Academic Training. Contact the J-1 Advisor for assistance.
Do not work on-campus without prior authorization from the J-1 Advisor. You may be approved to work up to 20 hours per week on-campus, but authorization must be granted first.
Make sure your passport is valid at all times. You should apply for renewal 6 months before expiration.
Make sure your DS-2019 is valid at all times. If you need to extend your stay for any reason, you must ask permission for an extension of your J-1 visa by extending the time period on your DS-2019. Contact the J-1 Advisor for assistance.
Make sure you do not lose your I-94. If the I-94 is lost or stolen, contact the J-1 Advisor immediately.
Maintain updated contact information. Update your address, phone, and email contact information with the IIS Office.
Failure to follow these basic rules will prevent you from receiving the following benefits:
- Maintaining valid INS status, which may cause problems if you want to re-enter the USA at a later date.
- On-campus employment.
- Authorization to participate in Academic Training off-campus.
- Program extension.
Prospective J-1 students can click here for tips on starting the application process.
Questions concerning J-1 immigration regulations should be addressed to the International Student Advisor Bill McKibben.
Appointments may be made directly with one of the J-1 Student Advisors or by calling the Institute for International Studies at 270-809-4152.