J-1 Student Status
|Important! You must physically check in with the ISSO office upon arrival at UCSF to validate the SEVIS record before you can perform any functions relating to your program.|
The ISSO staff is always available to provide information and to answer questions about how to maintain J-1 student status.
However, the final responsibility for maintaining continuous lawful status rests with the international student.
Students in either degree or non-degree programs must pursue a full-time course of study and maintain satisfactory advancement toward the completion of their academic program.
Here is a summary of regulations that must be followed to maintain legal J-1 student status in the U.S.:
- Have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months
- Have a valid visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
- Have a valid I-94 card marked “D/S” or “Duration of Status”
- Have a valid Form DS-2019 with accurate information
- If necessary, keep the Form DS-2019 valid by requesting timely extensions, changes in academic program, or transfers
- Make sure the Form DS-2019 is signed by the SISS before traveling outside of the U.S.
- Attend the institution the student is authorized to attend
- Notify ISSO of any changes in planned arrival date
- Enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program start date indicated on Form DS-2019 and no more than 30 days after the program start date
- Maintain full-time status in the prescribed course of study as defined by the academic program with the exception of regular school breaks or special permission from the SISS
- Maintain all terms of health insurance required by the DOS
- Make progress toward completing the academic program within the time frame allowed on the Form DS-2019
- Do not work on-campus or off-campus without prior approval from an advisor in the ISSO office in accordance with J-1 regulations
- Report any changes of address to your school's Office of Admissions and Registrar and to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by completing Form AR-11 which can be downloaded here at the USCIS website.
- Depart the U.S. no longer than 30 days after the program end date on Form DS-2019, or immediately upon completing the academic program, if earlier than the anticipated end date, unless academic training or a transfer has been approved