of Absence, Suspension or Withdrawal from Boston University
[NOTE: The following information
is only applicable to J-1 students whose DS-2019 has been issued
by Boston University. If an Exchange Visitor Program sponsor other
than Boston University issued your DS-2019 (as indicated in section
2 of your document), you must contact the Responsible Officer of
While in the United States
in J-1 student status, you must remain continuously enrolled for
a full-course of study at Boston University
until you have completed your academic program. Depending on your
situation, your DS-2019 could become invalid if you discontinue
your studies at Boston University without prior authorization from
the ISSO, and you will not be eligible to remain in the United States
in J-1 status.
IMPORTANT: If you are currently working on- or
off-campus, you must cease employment immediately upon
discontinuing your studies.
Please contact the ISSO
before you interrupt your studies for any of the follow reasons:
- You are planning to request an official leave of absence (LOA)
from the University during the Fall or Spring semester.
- You are being suspended (or are under review for suspension).
- You are planning to withdraw from all of your classes at any
point during the Fall or Spring semester (or Summer Term if it
is your initial semester of study).
Exception: Authorization for Medical Leave
In the event you are suffering from an illness or other medical
condition that compels you to interrupt your studies at Boston University,
you can request authorization
for a medical LOA from the ISSO that will enable you to remain
in the U.S. in lawful J-1 status during the time you are not enrolled.
(NOTE: If you only need to reduce your course load
below full-time for medical reasons, click
Other Legal Options
If you are requesting an LOA for anything other than medical reasons,
consult with an ISSO advisor about your eligibility for the following
options to remain in legal status:
Returning to Boston University to Resume Studies
- Enroll for full-time study at another U.S. college or university
that can issue you a DS-2019 to transfer your J-1 status to
that school. You must enroll for non-degree study at the new
school if you intend to return to your degree program at Boston
- If you are not subject to the 2-year home country physical
presence requirement, file an application with the USCIS to
change to an immigration status that will allow you to remain
in the U.S. while you are not studying (e.g. B-2 visitor status,
or a dependent status such as F-2 or H-4).
- Depart the United States in a timely manner.
Unless you have been authorized for a medical LOA, you may be required
to request a new DS-2019 to return to
Boston University from the ISSO in order to resume studies in