Immigration Regulations Checklist To remain in J-1 status and eligible for all J-1 student benefits, exchange visitors must abide by the following rules and regulations set forth by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Questions about these regulations or any other issues may be directed to our international student advisors. 1) Attend the school for which you are authorized. 2) Keep your passport and DS-2019 valid at all times. Beware of their expiration dates. 3) Carry a full course load for every term. 4) Request a new DS-2019 when any information on it changes. 5) Travel Outside the US: Obtain a travel signature before you travel outside of the US, and make sure that your travel documents are in order. 6) Change of Address: Report a change of address to the International Center and USCIS within 10 days of your move. 7) After Course Completion: Be aware of the expiration date on your I-20. Know what your options are after completion of your studies. Employment Checklist As a J-1 student, you must have written authorization from your international student advisor prior to working on campus. Employment: Do not engage in any kind of employment until you are certain that you have proper authorization. Social Security Number: All individuals who are working in a paid position must apply for a social security number. Taxes: All of your earnings are subject to federal, state and local taxes.
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