6 Immigration Rules
Keep your documents up to date
Maintain “full-time” student status
Don’t work without permission
Update your address
Always have insurance
Follow all other US laws
I-20 Form for F-1 Visa Holders
DS-2019 for J-1 Visa Holders
F-1 or J-1 Student Visa
Keeping your documents up to
Don’t let your passport expire
Don’t let your DS-2019 or I-20 expire
If you change your major, contact OISP
If you are graduating early, contact OISP
If you legally change your name, contact
I-20 for F-1s DS-2019 for J-1s
You must extend them BEFORE they expire!
Most students at ISU have F-1 visas.
Exchange Students have J-1 visas.
What Happens If Your Visa Expires?
Nothing. As long as you stay within the U.S.,
you don’t need to do anything.
However, if you leave the U.S.:
You need to apply for a new visa to come back
You must apply outside of the U.S.
Don’t lose it! It costs $300 to get a new one!
How Long You Can Stay?
Your I-20 or DS2019 have a start date and an
ending date. You must leave the U.S. by your
Your I-94 card should have a red stamp
put there by a Customs Official.
Inside the stamp, it should state
your visa type and “D/S.”
“D/S” stands for “Duration of Status.”
As long as you obey Immigration laws and are making
good progress, you may stay for the duration of your
Keep A “Full Time” Course Load
Undergraduates: You must take at least
12 credit hours each semester
Graduate students: You must take at least
9 credit hours each semester
Caution: Don’t drop any classes before
1st talking to Stephanie or Kayla!
Working On Campus Is Okay
20 hours per week maximum when school is
During breaks, you may work unlimited hours
ON CAMPUS ONLY.
J-1 exchange students:
You MUST always receive a
work permission letter
BEFORE you start working.
Working Off Campus Usually Not Okay
In general, working is ILLEGAL if ISU is not
A few examples of what is not okay and not
○ Working in restaurants or businesses outside the
○ Giving music lessons or language lessons and
getting paid by the people you are giving lessons
to. Self employment is not allowed.
○ Baby sitting for your host family and getting money
or things in return.
Changes in Your U.S. Address
o Immigration requires you to report your new address
(or name change) within 10 Days of moving or
changing your name!
o To report your new local address:
o Give your new address to the International Studies Office
o Change your address in MyISU
o Give your new address to the Registrar’s Office in 107 Moulton Hall
o You MUST give the address where you sleep.
o Not a post office box
o All students must have health insurance while
o J-1 exchange students are required to have
insurance that meets specific criteria:
o This is required by Immigration Law.
o Repatriation of Remains
o Medical Evacuation
What Is “Immigration Status?”
It also relates to whether or not you are in good
standing with Immigration:
“In Status” vs. “Out of Status”
Benefits of Your Student Visa
You can work.
You will have a Grace Period.
It is for traveling and getting ready to leave the
F-1 Students = 60 days
J-1 Students = 30 days
You may NOT work during your grace period!
Repeat with Me
is MY responsibility to know
and obey Immigration laws for
my visa type!
Keep Yourself Safe
o Know your Immigration rules
o When in doubt, ask us questions!
o Don’t rely on professors, friends, family or
academic advisors for Immigration info.
o Visit our website
o Read our email newsletters!