Maintaining Legal J-1 Status


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


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


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.
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