Maintaining Legal J-1 Status


  • Do not let passport expire
  • Report a change of name in passport (within 10 days to iHawk)
  • Carry I-94 (either electronic printout or paper card) at all times
  • Extend DS-2019 PRIOR to expiration if not finished (see Section 3 on DS-2019 for date)
  • Get a new DS-2019 for any change in major or degree level at KU


  • Complete a full course of study each semester unless granted PRIOR permission from ISS immigration advisor (or program sponsor) to be less than full time
  • You risk losing your legal status if you take any online classes that count toward your full-time enrollment
  • Tell ISS (or program sponsor) if you plan to pursue a degree at or transfer to another school

Health Insurance

  • Carry health insurance for yourself and your J-2  dependents throughout the entire program, as per U.S. federal regulations


  • ALWAYS get WRITTEN work authorization from an ISS immigration advisor before working
  • Limit on-campus work to 20 hours per week while school is in session
  • Do NOT work on campus after your DS-2019 expiration date


  • Get an ISS immigration advisor signature on your DS-2019 before traveling outside the U.S. if you plan to return to continue your program


  • Report change of U.S. address or phone number within 10 days (required in iHawk and highly recommended in Enroll & Pay)
  • Report/update J-2 email address and permanent departure to ISS through iHawk
  • Leave U.S. within 30 days of finishing J-1 program or, if eligible, apply for change of status or be admitted to another academic program
  • Always read emails from ISS


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

Virtual Remote Advising

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30pm to 4:00pm. These virtual zoom sessions are only for questions that will take 15 minutes or less.

>>Virtual Drop-in Request

Walk-In (In-person) Advising

Tuesday, Thursday 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

Schedule an Appointment

Call 785-864-3617 to set up an appointment for all processes (except a reduced course load with approval on an electronic I-20).


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