Requirements for staying in J-1 status
Students are solely responsible for maintaining their J-1 immigration status. Please carefully read the following information to learn more about the requirements.
Undergraduate students must enroll in 12 credits (minimum 9 credits in-person) each fall and spring semester. Graduate students must enroll for 9 credits (minimum 6 credits in-person) each fall and spring semester. Courses described as “blended learning” are counted as in-person. Failure to enroll for the required number of credits will result in the loss of your J-1 status, and there will be serious consequences. Audits do not count toward your required number of credits.
Immigration allows a few specific exceptions to the full-time enrollment rule. If you wish to drop below full time, you must submit the Reduced Course Load e-form on iNAU before dropping below full time.
You may take only one web class (3 credits) per term. You may register for more web courses, but they would have to be more than what is necessary to maintain a full course of study.
Required immigration reporting
All changes must be provided in writing by emailing your International Student Adviser or you can update your address by visiting iNAU. Do not phone or leave a voice message to report changes. For financial and name changes, you will have to provide documentation proving the change. Find out what required information must stay current in SEVIS.
You should apply for a program extension at least 30 days before the expiration date indicated on your Form DS-2019 by filling out a Program Extension E-Form. A new DS-2019 will be issued to extend your program. If you fail to request an extension prior to the program expiration date, you will be considered out of status and must apply to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for reinstatement.
Transferring out of Northern Arizona University
In order to transfer out of Northern Arizona University, please complete the following steps:
- Apply to the other school: Contact the other school for details on their admissions process.
- Complete the Transfer Out E-Form: Once you have been admitted, fill out the Transfer Out E-Form. Your SEVIS immigration record will be transferred electronically to the other school and the SEVIS release date you indicate on the form.
Withdrawing from Northern Arizona University
To withdraw from Northern Arizona University, complete the Withdraw Form. If you withdraw with approval from CIE, you have a 15-day grace period to leave the United States before you fall out of status. No employment is permitted during this grace period. If CIE did not authorize the withdrawal, you have no grace period to leave the United States and you are immediately out of status.
Travel Immigration regulations state that you must carry your immigration documents with you at all times. These documents include:
- Current I-20
Furthermore, we recommend you carry photocopies of your immigration documents with you at all times when you are in Flagstaff. Whenever you leave Flagstaff, you must carry your original immigration documents with you. This still applies to you even if you have a U.S. driver’s license or state ID.
Traveling outside the US and re-entry
Be sure your DS-2019 states your current and accurate information and there is a signature in the “Travel Validation By Responsible Officer” section of page one. Each travel signature is valid for one year while you are a student at Northern Arizona University.
If you need a travel signature, first complete the Travel Signature Request E-form on iNAU, then bring your DS-2019 to the ISSS front desk at least two weeks before you depart Flagstaff and your International Student Adviser will e-mail you when it is ready to pick up. In addition to a valid DS-2019, you will need a valid visa and passport for reentry to the United States. It is also highly recommended that you take with you:
- Evidence of Financial Resources (such as the financial support documents you used to get your DS-2019 or J-1 visa)
- Evidence of Student Status, such as:
- Recent tuition receipts
- The name and contact information of your International Student Adviser
Keep in mind that you may need a visa to enter a country other than the U.S. Please contact the consulate/embassy of the country you will be visiting for visa requirements.
Please contact the CIE if you wish to travel outside the United States after you complete your program of studies.