Some J-1 exchange visitors have the responsibility of spending 2 years in their home country before they will be allowed to reenter the U.S. in certain types of immigration status. Your program sponsor and/or OISS staff can advise you regarding the applicability of this requirement to your particular situation.
International students in J-1 Status are required to maintain full time enrollment during the school year. Full-time enrollment for degree-seeking students is defined as 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and varies by school and program for graduate students. The requirement for non-degree students is that you must be engaged fulltime in a prescribed course of study. If you will not meet the requirement, you must complete this form. PLEASE NOTE: under enrollment must be pre-approved. Federal regulations severely limit a student’s ability to under enroll. OISS is required to report an
unauthorized drop below fulltime via the SEVIS system and you will be out of status.
Your options include:
If a student will not be able to complete their course of study before the program end date listed on their DS-2019, they must apply for an extension before the program end date with an explanation of the reasons for the delay in completion of their program.
If a student fails to apply for an extension before the DS-2019 program end date, the student is considered out of status and is not eligible for an extension. The student would have to either apply for reinstatement or exit the U.S. and apply for admission with a new DS-2019 and a new SEVIS ID for initial attendance.
Students must inform OISS of their intent to transfer to another school and provide the name and the school code of the school to which the student will transfer (the "transfer-in" school) on the transfer-out form.
Students must inform the transfer-in school of their arrival within 15 days of the program start date listed on the Form DS-2019.
Please contact Beth Nazar at email@example.com to learn more about ransferring your J-1 program.