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Maintaining J-1 Student Status

It is the responsibility of an international student to abide by U.S. immigration regulations and to maintain valid non-immigrant student status.

  • Engage in a full-time course load (or authorized equivalent) every Fall and Spring semester
    • Undergraduate students: 12 credits
    • Graduate students without assistantship: 12 credits
    • Graduate students with assistantship/fellowship: 9 credits
    • Graduate students who require additional English language instruction: 9 graduate-level credits + 3 credits undergrad ESL
    • Graduate students who have met all academic requirements: 1 research credit & file a Certificate of Full-Time Status every semester you meet the eligibility requirements
    • Last Semester Exception: You are only required to take as many credits as are required to finish your degree program but you must be enrolled in at least 1 credit the semester you will graduate (including the summer)
  • Maintain comprehensive health insurance that meets the U.S. government and SUNY minimum requirements for the duration of your academic program
  • Make normal progress towards completing your degree (i.e., within timeframe allotted on DS-2019)
  • Report a change of address to OIE & Registrar within 10 days of the change
  • Obtain J-1 On-campus Work Authorization prior to engaging in on-campus employment
  • Obtain off-campus work/ Academic Training authorization from OIE
  • Be aware of expiration dates of your immigration documents and renew/extend in a timely manner
    • Keep passport valid at all times during your program
    • Maintain an I-94 card marked D/S for J-1 status
    • Keep your DS-2019 valid by following proper procedures for DS-2019 extensions, change of program/program level, and SEVIS transfers
  • Abide by any special requirements, such as Special Registration (NSEERS) requirements
  • Abide by J-1 end of program grace period rules
    • 30 days to depart the U.S. following program/Academic Training completion
  • Seek advice and prior permission if you plan to:
    • Register for less than full-time/ drop a class
    • Take online courses
    • Take courses at another institution
    • Apply for employment
    • Take a leave of absence or withdraw from the College
    • Transfer (during program or end of program)