Maintaining Status

In order for you to stay temporarily in the US as aJ-1 Exchange Student, you must comply with specific regulations set by the United States Department of State. This compliance is called "being in status" or "maintaining status".

To maintain lawful status in the United States, you must:

  • Maintain required medical insurance, medical evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • New J-1 students must attend the required International Student Orientation, and physically report to and check-in with SF State's Office of International Programs during the first two weeks of classe;
  • Pursue a full-course of study (12 units) EVERY semester for the ENTIRE semester. Classes taken for ‘audit' do not count toward the full course of study
  • Obtain a new DS-2019 from your program sponsor if any information on your DS-2019 changes (such as funding source changes)
  • Apply for a program extension prior to the expiration date on your DS-2019 if you are not able to complete your studies by that date
  • Depart the U.S. within 30 days following the end date on your DS-2019 or actual program completion date
  • DO NOT engage in any employment (either on or off campus) without prior authorization from the J-1 Exchange Student Advisors
  • Notify the J-1 Exchange Student Advisors if you will terminate or end your program prior to completion
  • Inform the J-1 Exchange Student Advisors if your current residential U.S. address changes within 10 days of any move

Failure to comply with any of the above requirements could result in serious consequences, including program termination and deportation. If you worry that you will fall out of status, or have questions, we urg you to contact us immediately.