Maintaining Legal J-1 Status

Documents

  • Keep passport valid (at least 6 months into the future)
  • Always carry I-94 card
  • Get a new DS-2019 for any change in major or degree level
  • Request an extension prior to current DS-2019 expiration date in item #3 if you need more time to finish the program

Academics

  • Complete 12 hours each semester if undergraduate; 9 hours if graduate student
  • You risk losing your legal status if you take any online classes that count toward your full-time enrollment
  • Always visit with an ISS advisor before dropping courses if it takes you below the required minimum (above)
  • Meet with an ISS advisor if you plan to transfer J-1 program sponsorship

Health Insurance

  • Carry health insurance for yourself and your J-2s dependents throughout entire program

Work

  • Do not work on or campus without authorization
  • Do not work on campus more than 20 hours per week while school is in session

Travel

  • Get an ISS advisor signature on your current DS-2019 if traveling outside the U.S.

General

  • Always read emails from ISS (ISS Electronic News)
  • After you finish your degree, leave the U.S. within 30 days

Note:

It is important that you keep all SEVIS DS-2019's issued to you. You should keep these documents in a safe place. If any of these documents are damaged, lost, or stolen, it is your responsibility to have them replaced as quickly as possible.


Immigration Advising Hours

ISS is open 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday. 

Walk-in hours:
1:30pm-4:00pm Monday-Friday

Appointment hours:
9:00am-11:30am Tuesday-Friday
 
Walk-in vs. Appointment
Appointments are for matters ≥ 15 minutes.
Walk-in advising is for matters ≤ 15 minutes.
Walk-ins are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Walk-ins: Withdrawal from KU, concurrent enrollment, curricular practical training*, dependents, duplicate I-20 or DS-2019, extension for I-20*, financial update, J-1 on-campus work permit, reduced course load, social security number, transferring out, and any general questions.
 
Appointments: J-1 academic training, change of status, economic hardship, curricular practical training*, optional practical training, OPT STEM extension, reinstatement, and extension for I-20* or DS-2019.
 
*can be conducted during walk-in or by appointment.
Presidential Executive Order Update & Information

Message from Associate Vice Provost Charles Bankart regarding Supreme Court Decision on Trump Executive Order

State Department Cable regarding Implementing the Executive Order

International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist
 
International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist
International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist
International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist
International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist

Travel Advisory for Nationals of Certain Countries Pursuant to Executive Orders--NAFSA

International Students Dodge Trump’s Partly Reinstated Travel Ban, but Concerns Persist--The Chronicle

Information related to the March 6 Executive Order

Information related to the January 27 Executive Order

 

 
 


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