|Maintaining your status|
While studying in the United States, it is important to maintain your F-1 student status. Your visa says that you are coming to the United States to study. You should not consider any action that detracts from that purpose.
New students may enter the United States no more than 30 days before your program of study begins.
When you arrive at school, you need to contact the OISS, no later than the program start date listed on your Form I-20 “Certificate of Eligibility.”
All F-1 are eligible for campus employment. Please be advised that there are a limited number of campus job. So plan accordingly. Visit the OISS for more information
Curricular Practical Training
Curricular practical training (CPT) at either the undergraduate or the graduate level is only available if this employment is an integral part of an established curriculum and if the position directly relates to your major area of study. You must be enrolled one academic year, completed 30 credits and have declared your major to be eligible. All internships must be registered for credit. Your advisor in the OISS can give you the school’s policy on this option.
Do not work without authorization. An F student may work only when authorized.
If you want to work in the United States, talk with your OISS advisor about your options. Your OISS advisor may authorize certain work; other employment may require your advisor’s recommendation and authorization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
If you choose to work without authorization, you will be forced to leave the United States immediately. You may not be able to re-enter the United States at a later date.
Upon Program Completion
Take action to maintain legal status after completing your program of study.
Once you complete your program of study and any authorized period of practical training, you may wish to learn about doing one of the following:
You have 60 days after completion of your program (the program end date on your Form I-20) to leave the United States.
Talk with your OISS advisor first
Your OISS advisor should be the first person you talk with if you have any questions regarding the legal requirements of your stay in the United States.
Your OISS advisor can assist in answering your questions or help you find someone who can help.
Talk with your OISS if you are planning to do any of the following:
As a J-1 exchange visitor, it is your responsibility to maintain your immigration status throughout the duration of your J program at UCSB by adhering to the four points listed below. Be certain to review the section below about the 30 day Grace Period that is given to J-1 scholars to remain in the U.S. after the end date on their DS-2019 form.
Maintain up-to-date immigration documents:
Report and Update Local Living Address J-1 students/scholars need to update their local living address within 10 days of their registration in SEVIS or upon moving to a new address.
Maintain Insurance Required for J-1 Visa Holders U.S. immigration law states that failure to maintain proper health insurance coverage will result in the termination of the J-1 exchange program. Proof of health insurance is required upon registration with OISS and at the time that a J-1 scholar requests an extension of their DS-2019.
Health Insurance Requirements:
Program participants and their dependents are required to have medical insurance coverage with the following minimum benefits [22 CFR 62.14].