MOST COMMON INS VIOLATIONS


Any one of the following will cause an international to be in violation of nonimmigrant status. Pay close attention and make sure that none of these happen to you! 

  • Not attending the school you were authorized to attend—the school that issued the I–20 (or DS–2019) you used to enter the USA.
  • Not following procedures for completing a US government transfer from your old school.
  • Not attending school during the fall and spring semesters.
  • Dropping below full-time enrollment during fall and spring semesters. [A grade of "W" (withdraw) or "WF" (withdraw/fail) does not count toward the required credit hours.]
  • Enrolling in a program of study that is different from that listed on your I–20 (or DS–2019).
  • Working on- or off-campus without proper authorization. (Unlike F–1s, J–1 Exchange Visitor students must get written authorization BEFORE working on-campus.)
  • Working more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session.
  • Allowing your program completion date to pass without filing with International Student Services for a program extension (or renewal).
  • Allowing your passport to expire.
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