Maintaining Status

Maintaining your J-1 status—or "staying in status"

“Staying in status” means you are doing what it takes to maintain your legal immigration status.

It is absolutely critical that you stay in legal status. If you fall out of status, you no longer have legal immigration status. If that happens, you could have serious problems with the U.S. government. It could compromise your ability to get a U.S. visa or even enter the United States in the future. If you do not maintain legal status, you will also be unable to receive employment authorization.

OIS is happy to provide you with the information and advice you need to maintain your status. However, maintaining your status is your responsibility.