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Office of International Programs

J-1 Exchange Students: Maintenance of Status

Definition of "Status"
Every visa is issued for a particular purpose and for a specific class of visitor. Each visa classification has a set of requirements that the visa holder must follow and maintain. Those who follow the requirements maintain their status and ensure their ability to remain in the United States. Those who do not follow the requirements violate their status and are considered "out of status." Failure to maintain status can result in arrest, and violators may be required to leave the United States. Violation of status also can affect the prospect of readmission to the United States for a period of time. Most people who violate the terms of their status are barred from lawfully returning to the United States for many years.

J-1 University Students must meet certain requirments in order to maintain J-1 status. These requirements include:

  • The student must report to the MSU Office of International Programs for an orientation meeting within 30 days of the program start date listed on the DS-2019.
  • The student must be enrolled in fulltime status at MSU (12 credits minimum) during each semester of the program. Online classes do not count towards fulltime status.
  • The student may not be employed on or off campus without PRIOR authorization from the MSU Office of International Programs.
  • The student must report any change of address, phone number or email address to the MSU Office of International Programs within 10 business days.
  • The student must carry adequate health insurance coverage, as defined 22 CFR 62.14.
  • The student must leave the U.S. within 30 days after completing your academic program.

Page last updated July 30, 2015