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Maintaining J-1 Status

In order to remain lawfully in the United States during your studies in J-1 status, you must obey the regulations that govern J-1 students. The following links will provide you with guidance for maintaining lawful J-1 status. Although the ISSO endeavors to provide the most up-to-date information, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) considers it the responsibility of the J-1 student to be sure they do not violate the terms of their status.

Health Insurance Requirements

Full Course of Study

Changes to Information on Your DS-2019 (formerly IAP-66)

Program Extension


Completion of Studies

Leave of Absence/Suspension

J-1 Transfers

Replacement of Lost, Stolen or Damaged DS-2019, Passport, I-94, or J-1 Visa

J-2 Dependents


Boston University
February 28, 2005

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office