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.
||60 day grace period for departure after program completion
||F-2 Spouse CANNOT study or work
F-2 Child may attend k-12 school, but CANNOT work.
||Does NOT require International Advisor (DSO) authhorization, but DSO authorization
required to get SSN
||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.
||Form DS-2019 (every activity site must be listed)|
||30 day grace period for departure after program completion|
||J-2 Spouse or Child CAN study or apply for work authorization|
||International Advisor (ARO) authorization letter required in advance for ever job, every term|
||Academic Training and Economic Hardship must be approved in advance by ARO (primarily degree seeking students)|
||Department of Homeland Security & Department of State|