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F-1 / J-1 Student Overview

Visa and Immigration Services (VIS) works with over 4500 international students, scholars, and faculty from more than 100 countries.  As a part of International academic Programs & Services (IAPS), we advise and assist  those in F-1 and J-1 status with regard to U.S. immigration matters and regulations.  VIS is committed to providing international students and scholars with the highest level of expertise in advising and immigration services.  

 

F-1 Student Status

F-1 is the most common status used by students in the U.S.

 

Document:

Form I-20

Grace Period:

60 day grace period for departure after program completion

Dependents:


F-2 Spouse CANNOT study or work
F-2 Child CANNOT work, but CAN attend K-12 school

On-Campus Employment:

Does NOT require International Advisor (DSO) authhorization, but DSO authorization required to get SSN

Off-Campus Employment:


OPT (12 months + 17 month STEM extension; must be approved by USCIS), CPT, Internship with International Organization, Severe Economic Hardship (must be approved by USCIS)

Governing Agency:

Department of Homeland Security

J-1 Student Status

The J-1 visa is generally used for students in specific educational exchange programs.  A J-1 visa may be required if receiving government funding.

 

Document:

Form DS-2019 (every activity site must be listed)

Grace Period:

30 day grace period for departure after program completion

Dependents:

J-2 Spouse or Child CAN study or apply for work authorization

On-Campus Employment:

International Advisor (ARO) authorization letter required in advance for ever job, every term

Off-Campus Employment:

Academic Training and Economic Hardship must be approved in advance by ARO (primarily degree seeking students)

Governing Agency:

Department of Homeland Security & Department of State

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