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Updates to your F-1 or J-1 Program Information

As an international student, you are responsible for reporting changes to your academic program and other information in a timely fashion. Many of these updates will need approval from your department and academic Dean, and may require a new I-20 or DS-2019 from the ISO.


Official UR Major:

The ISO collects academic data on all F-1 and J-1 students through the University's electronic student information system. If there is an official change to your major or concentration, our records will be updated automatically. Occasionally, this requires an update to your I-20 or DS-2019 and you will be notified by email to pick it up from ISO.


Funding Information:

The financial information reported on your I-20 or DS-2019 is likely to change during your course of study. The ISO is initially required to estimate expenses and document funding for only one academic year. However, if your source(s) of funding change or the amounts change by more than 30%, you must request an update to your I-20 or DS-2019.  This will be especially important if you will be traveling and may be asked to show supporting financial documents at a US Consulate or Port of Entry.  Please submit the Financial Update Form, along with proof of your new funding.


Change of Academic Level:

If you will change your current degree level, you must report this information to the ISO and receive an updated I-20 or DS-2019. This is true whether you plan to complete early at a lower degree level or to continue your studies in a new degree program. The timing of this change must be determined through discussion with an International Student Advisor, based on your individual circumstances. You will need to submit the New Student Request form with your new information.


Departure from University of Rochester:

When you are ready to leave the University or will no longer maintain your student immigration status through our F-1 or J-1 programs, please notify the ISO of your plans using the online Student Departure Form. Appropriate reporting includes:

  • Completion of academic program or authorized post-completion employment
  • Withdrawal from the University, prior to completion of academic program
  • SEVIS Immigration Transfer of current record to another U.S. institution
  • Approved Change of Status to another immigration category


F-2 or J-2 Dependent Information:

International students are permitted to sponsor their spouse and/or children for US dependent status under the F-2 or J-2 categories. If you would like to add, remove, or make changes to their information, please use our Dependent Information form.