Learn more about J-1 student status and how to maintain it.
THEREFORE, your primary purpose for being in the U.S. is to study.
To maintain your J-1 Student status, you must comply with ALL of the following requirements:
J-1 students have a 30-day grace period upon completion of studies to depart the U.S., or transfer to a new school (if eligible).
If you apply for a waiver of the Two-Year Home Country Physical Presence Requirement (INA 212e), and your waiver is recommended in writing by the U.S. Department of State (“No Objection Statement”) or you receive Form I-612 from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you are no longer eligible for any J-1 benefits (DS-2019 Extension, Academic Training, SEVIS Transfer, etc.). Therefore, please consult with ISS, Talbert Hall 210, North Campus before applying for the waiver. Since 212(e) waiver applications can be complex, we also recommend that you seek assistance from an experienced immigration attorney.
Failure to comply with these requirements is a violation of your J-1 status, which may result in serious consequences, including the termination of your SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) record, accrual of unlawful presence, your inability to re-enter the U.S., and your detention and deportation from the U.S. Please direct all questions regarding your J-1 student status to ISS, Talbert Hall 210.