J-Visa Student Regulations

Maintaining Status

It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the immigration requirements related to their status. Following the guidelines below will help you to maintain your SEVIS status.


J visa students must be registered within 30 days of the start of each semester and must be enrolled full-time each fall and spring semester.

Registration is defined as:
Registration each semester

As per United States and Citizen and Immigration Service (USCIS) regulations, students are required to enroll each fall and spring semester. If a student has not registered for the fall and spring semester, the student's SEVIS record will automatically terminate and the student will be out of status with USCIS.

Please visit with the Bursar’s Office (ZSC 137) to inquire about emergency loans, payment plans, and tuition payment options.

Full-time enrollment requirements

Immigration regulations require international students in J status to be in full-time enrollment each semester. For immigration purposes, full-time enrollment is defined as:

On-line Coursework

Immigration regulations limit the number of online courses a student can count towards the full-time requirement. International students may count only one (3SCH) course of on-line coursework towards the full-time requirement. If the full-time requirement for a session can be satisfied with three SCH or one course, the full-time requirement cannot be satisfied with online coursework alone.

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