Maintain Legal Status

ISSS’s primary responsibility is to help you maintain your legal status so that you can study and enjoy your time in the United States without issues. As an international student, it is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the regulations and seek assistance when something is not clear. We do our best to communicate important deadlines and regulations that may affect your legal status, so please make sure that you read emails from our office carefully and consistently.

Grace Period

For F-1 students, a grace period is 60 days following the end of their program. For undergraduate students, this is the last day of your coursework. For graduate students, this is the last day that you complete or submit any final thesis, dissertation, or coursework if not pursuing a thesis. By the end of the 60 day grace period, an F-1 student must have taken action with his/her status or departed the U.S. The following actions are available for legal status:

An F-1 student cannot do the following during the end of their grace period:

  • Work on campus without authorization
  • Apply for a program extension
  • Travel outside of the U.S. and re-enter on their completed program’s I-20 without having applied for OPT

J-1 students have a 30 day grace period. For undergraduate students, this is the last day of your coursework. For graduate students, this is the last day that you complete and submit any final thesis, dissertation, or the date you complete your coursework if you are not pursuing a thesis. J-1 students have unique guidelines regarding the types of activity permitted during their grace period. As a result, you must take the following actions before your J-1 student record is de-activated in the government system on the day immediately after your program end date:

F-1 Student

For F-1 students, a grace period is 60 days following the end of their program. For undergraduate students, this is the last day of your coursework. For graduate students, this is the last day that you complete or submit any final thesis, dissertation, or coursework if not pursuing a thesis. By the end of the 60 day grace period, an F-1 student must have taken action with his/her status or departed the U.S. The following actions are available for legal status:

An F-1 student cannot do the following during the end of their grace period:

  • Work on campus without authorization
  • Apply for a program extension
  • Travel outside of the U.S. and re-enter on their completed program’s I-20 without having applied for OPT

J-1 Student

J-1 students have a 30 day grace period. For undergraduate students, this is the last day of your coursework. For graduate students, this is the last day that you complete and submit any final thesis, dissertation, or the date you complete your coursework if you are not pursuing a thesis. J-1 students have unique guidelines regarding the types of activity permitted during their grace period. As a result, you must take the following actions before your J-1 student record is de-activated in the government system on the day immediately after your program end date: