Maintaining J-1 status is very important. Recent changes in US immigration policy make it difficult to correct an immigration status violation.
Failing to maintain your immigration status will result in SEVIS termination. A terminated SEVIS record means that F-1 status has ended, your DS-2019 is no longer valid and you are not eligible for on-campus employment, practical training, travel signature or any other J-1 benefit. In most cases, the termination of your SEVIS record means that you must make plans to immediately depart the U.S. Two options to regain status are explained below.
We encourage all students to carefully read the maintaining status information so you can avoid a status violation.
It is also important to notify ISS if you plan to leave UB or take a break in studies before making your plans to do so. Review the Leaving UB page to ensure you are compliant.