Maintaining Your Status
What does it mean to "maintain your status"?
When you get a visa, you must follow a set of requirements. Those who follow the requirements "maintain 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." If you do not maintain your visa status, you could be arrested, required to leave the United States and possibly not readmitted to the country.
If you fall out of status for reasons beyond your control, you may be eligible to apply for a reinstatement of status. Contact the Office of International Services (OIS) to learn if that is an option for you.
Maintain Your Status
Upon Arrival to SLU
- Visit OIS within the first week of classes to have your documents copied and to report your local address. You will be registered in SEVIS to remain in legal status.
During Your Study at SLU
- Work with OIS to ensure that your data in the SEVIS is accurate and updated. Click here for a list of specific information -- including personal identification information, academic status and more -- SLU must report through the SEVIS database.
- Maintain a valid passport at all times.
- Take a full-time course load.
- Follow the requirements for employment.
- Notify OIS if you plan to travel out of the United States; OIS must sign your I-20 or DS-2019 form before you leave the country.
- Obey state and federal laws.
Ending Your Studies
- Extend your I-20 or DS-2019 if you need additional time to complete your program of study.
- Notify OIS if you will transfer out to a new school. Please complete the required form, Transfer Out.
- Complete required tax forms (even if you do not have income)
- Report any dependents (spouse or children) to OIS. They should be aware of the regulations concerning their dependent status.
- A requirement of the J-1 and J-2 visa status is that each individual must prove insurance coverage. For more information on the requirements for the insurance coverage, click here.