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.