Maintaining Status as an J-1 Student

As a J-1 student, it is your responsibility to maintain your immigration status, allowing you to stay in the U.S. for the duration of your program. The following guidelines will help, and any other questions or concerns should be directed to the Center for International Studies.


You must be full-time each term with the exception of summer, as that is your annual vacation. 

  • Reduced Course Load/Dropping a Course: you MUST seek approval from an advisor in CIS BEFORE dropping below full-time using the Reduced Course Load form. 
  • Withdrawal from courses/St. Cloud State University: you must seek approval from an advisor in CIS before withdrawing from your classes. 
  • Online/Distance learning course limit: only one online/distance learning course can count toward your full-time enrollment each term.

Keep current immigration documents

  • Program extension: if you are unable to complete your program of study by the expiration date on your DS-2019, please apply for a program extension before your DS-2019 expires. 
  • Passport: this must be valid at all times and should be valid 6 months into the future when traveling outside the U.S.

Change of Address

Update your address within 10 days of the change through your HuskyNet account. 

Check your SCSU Email account

You must check your St. Cloud State email account as very important information is sent to you regarding your immigration status. Failure to do so may result in a violation of your immigration status.


Note: Authorization is required by the Center for International Studies.

  • On-campus employment: limit of 20 hours/week while school is in session.
  • Off-campus employment: never work off-campus without authorization from the Center for International Studies


File the US income taxes with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS).


Failure to comply with the information listed above will result in a violation of your J-1 immigration status. The Center for International Studies is required to report such action to the U.S. CIS.