SEVIS Violations

We are here to help you. However, it is your responsibility to remain compliant with immigration and university regulations. We provide information and services to help ensure that you are aware of these requirements and are able to stay in legal status. Maintaining contact with our office and reading your IU email regularly throughout your time here will help ensure you stay in status.

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In most cases, the termination of your SEVIS record means that you must make plans to immediately depart from the United States. This means that there may not be a grace period after termination. If your SEVIS record is terminated, contact us to schedule an appointment. Days of unlawful presence begin when your SEVIS record is terminated, unless your international student advisor has indicated a grace period for departure from the U.S. Staying after any grace period will result in days of unlawful presence.

If you have an J-2 spouse or children, they will also begin accruing days of unlawful presence if your SEVIS record is terminated. J-2 dependents can also violate status separately from your J-1 status. This would also result in their accruing days of unlawful presence.

We do not know what the future impact of even one or two days of unlawful presence will be if you wish to apply for a new visa stamp or submit an aplication or petition to USCIS (e.g., if a future employer wishes to sponsor you for H-1B status). Even a few days of unlawful presence could cause you to be ineligible for this type of future status.