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Maintaining Valid F-1 or J-1 Status

To maintain valid F-1 or J-1 status, you must:

  • Keep your passport valid at all times and at least 6 months into the future
  • Notify the International Services Office (ISO) of any changes to the information listed on your I-20 or DS-2019
  • Attend the University of Rochester, as authorized by your SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019
  • Pursue a full-time course of study each and every academic term, unless otherwise authorized for a reduced course load in advance by ISO
  • Maintain active registration each term and make normal progress toward your degree until you complete all requirements or transfer to a new school
  • Not work off campus without written authorization, prior to employment
  • Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week when classes are in session
  • Follow proper immigration procedures to extend your stay, change your educational level, or transfer schools, as needed
  • Adhere to all grace period rules and SEVIS reporting deadlines
  • J-1 students: Maintain active health insurance and supplemental medical evacuation coverage for yourself and any dependents
  • Notify ISO of any address changes within 10 days (use the Address Change Form)
  • Maintain active and timely communication with ISO at all times

During the mandatory immigration check-in process, all new international students at the University of Rochester are given a copy of the F-1 and J-1 Student Pledge. This shares with students the rules and regulations governing their status. By signing your I-20 or DS-2019, you have agreed to follow these rules.

Questions about maintaining your status? Contact us to make an appointment with an International Student Advisor.