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 Drop-In Advising

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30pm to 4:00pm. These virtual drop-in 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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