Maintaining F-1/J-1 Status
As an F-1/J-1 student you are granted a visa to reside in the US for a certain period of time with the expectation that you will meet certain criteria. It is mandatory for a nonimmigrant to remain “in status” while in the United States.
How do I "maintain status"?
TO MAINTAIN F-1/J-1 STATUS, YOU MUST:
- Enroll at the school you are authorized to attend
- Maintain a valid passport and I-20/DS-2019 document
After completing your academic program, remain in the United States for no longer than 60 days (for F-1 students) and 30 days (for J-1 students), unless prior to that time you:
- have applied for practical training/academic training OR
- are changing educational levels, OR
- are transferring schools
- Report a change of address by updating eCampus and filling out the change of address form at the ISS website. Click here to fill the form.
- Report a change in your legal name by providing a photocopy of the inside of your passport to the Global Engagement Office (or updating your eCampus record with your new name???) within 10 days. Report a change in your dependent's legal name by providing a photocopy of the inside of the dependent’s passport to the Global Engagement Office within 10 days.
- Work no more than 19 hours while school is in session
- Work off-campus only with authorization. (Please go to Employment in the U.S. for more information)
- Pursue a full course of study and make normal progress towards the completion of your program before the expiration of the program completion date on the SCU issued visa document (I-20/DS-2019) . Full-course of study and full-time study, are defined by SCU as follows:
|Undergraduates||12 units per quarter|
|Certificate in Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP)||12 units per quarter|
|Law||8 units per semester|
|L.L.M.||8 units per semester|
|CP&E||8 units per quarter|
|MBA||8 units per quarter|
|MSIS||8 units per quarter|
|MS in Finance||8 units per quarter|
|MS in Entrepreneurship||8 units per quarter|
|Pastoral Ministries||8 units per quarter|
|Graduate Engineering||8 units per quarter|
During the summer following one year of enrollment students may enroll in less than full-time study during the summer term.
How important is it that I maintain status?
It is mandatory. Failure to maintain the terms and conditions of nonimmigrant status is grounds for deportation under I.N.A.§237(a)(1)(C)(i).
What does “Duration of Status” (D/S) mean?
The amount of time that your visa allows you to reside in the US.
US immigration regulations are complex and change frequently. The University strives to maintain a website that is both current and helpful, however, Santa Clara University is not responsible for students maintaining lawful immigration status; this is the responsibility of the student. Further, resources and links do not constitute endorsement by Santa Clara University.