Center for International Programs

International Student Services

J-1 Students

As a student in J-1 status it is very important to remain “in status” at all times.  Here is a list of ways to make sure you maintain your status.


  1. Pursue a full course of study at Saint Joseph's University, which means always carrying at least 12 credits for undergraduates or at least 9 credits for graduate students in the fall and spring semesters.
  2. Keep your passport valid at least 6 months into the future.
  3. Notify CIP of a change in your local address within 10 days of moving so we can update your SEVIS record.
  4. Attend the school that you are authorized to attend, as indicated on your DS-2019.
  5. File a timely application for a program extension.
  6. Maintain registration each semester until graduation or transfer to a new school.
  7. Follow required procedures for:
    1. moving from one educational level to another (e.g., Master's to PhD).
    2. transferring from one school to another.
  8. Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week when school is in session. Students in J-1 status must have the permission of their sponsoring agency for all employment.
  9. Refrain from off-campus employment without authorization.
  10. Possess proof of health and accident insurance for yourself and any dependents which includes a medical evacuation and repatriation benefit.