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Immigration Information

We've organized our immigration information by topic. Find the question or topic that best describes your situation then click to expand for more details. 

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F-1 and J-1 students must enroll for a full course load each term. These requirements differ depending on academic level and program. Some students may qualify for vacation after studying for a specific period of time. To learn more about this topic,  click here (UD Login Required).


If your I-20 or DS-2019 will expire soon but you have not completed your program, you must request an extension prior to that document’s program end date.

If you are unable to enroll for a full course load, you risk losing your status. There are a limited number of academic and medical exemptions for this requirement.

If you are unable to continue studying because you do not qualify for a reduced course load or for personal or financial reasons, cannot remain in the US. Students who find themselves in this situation may need to request a leave of absence and return to the US to resume their studies at a later date.

To learn more about these topics, click here (UD login required).


Are you looking to work on campus? Learn how to search for jobs and obtain the necessary approvals to start your on campus job.

Want to work off campus? Optional Practical Training (F-1), Curricular Practical Training (F-1), or Academic Training (J-1) allow international students to work off campus in jobs related to their fields of study. Each of these have specific requirements and limits and require early planning. 

Whether you’re working on or off campus, you’ll likely need a Social Security Number (SSN) and be required to file taxes in April. 

To learn more about each of these topics, click here (UD login required).


Changes to your program of study must be reported to ISSS, including a change of major or program of study, as well as changing schools. 

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F-1 and J-1 students may add spouses and children as F-2 and J-2 dependents. 

In some cases, a visitor visa may be necessary for family or friends if they wish to visit.

To learn more about each of these topics, click here (UD login required).


Are you taking a trip outside the US and returning later to resume your studies? Find out what you need to prepare to ensure you have a smooth return.

To learn more about each of these topics, click here (UD login required).


Learn how you can regain status after a status violation and/or how to change to another status. For more information about these topics, click here (UD login required). 


CONTACT

International Student & Scholar Services

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1701
937-229-2748
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