Explanation of J-1 Student Status What does it mean to be “in status”?
The Department of State (DOS) considers you to be in valid J-1 status if you fulfill all of the conditions of your J-1 visa. The conditions are as follows:
• attend the school listed on the DS-2019 used to enter the US
• maintain the validity of your passport and DS-2019 form
• maintain good academic standing
• maintain sufficient financial resources to avoid becoming a “public charge”
• enroll each semester as a full-time student in courses on campus
• obtain health insurance which meets DOS standards
• work no more than 20 hours per week on-campus while classes are in session; must obtain written authorization from your J-1 sponsor
• work off-campus only with authorization from your J-1 sponsor
• complete the J-1 transfer procedure to change schools within the US
• extend your program before the end date on your DS-2019 if you need additional time to complete your program of study
• complete the change of level procedure when changing from one educational level to another in a timely manner
• inform the university of your foreign address (home), current US residential address, e-mail address, and phone number
When does DOS consider me to be “out of status”?
DOS considers you to be “out of status” if you do not fulfill any of the conditions of your J-1 visa. What are the consequences of being “out of status”? If you are out of status, you lose the following privileges and benefits:
• eligibility for employment (both on-campus and off-campus work authorizations)
• automatic visa revalidation for trips of less than 30 days to Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean islands except Cuba (unless you are citizen of one of those countries)
• extension of program
• transfer to or from another university in the US
• change to a higher educational level
• Academic Training
How do I get back in status?
Students who have fallen “out of status” must consult with an ISS staff member about their situation. Please visit ISS to discuss your case.
When does my J-1 status end?
Your J-1 status ends either on the date listed in on your DS-2019, or when you complete the last requirement for your program of study, whichever comes first.
How long can I stay in the U.S.?
You may stay in the US for 30 days after completion of your program. You may not work during those 30 days.
If you are considering withdrawing from your program or if you may be dropped from your program, please consult with ISS as these actions have serious ramifications on your visa status.