International Students - J-1 Students
J-1 Program Completion
It has been wonderful getting to know you and seeing you grow during your time as an exchange student here at UNF. We want to let you know of the options that you have upon completion of your program of study at UNF as well as things that you need to consider before your departure.
Please use the following information as a resource when considering your plans after graduation. We wish you the best in your future endeavors! Please stay in touch, and safe travels back home!
30-day Grace Period
As a J-1 student who has maintained J-1 status, you will
have a 30-day grace period to stay in the U.S. after your DS-2019 ends. During
this period of time, you will have the option to:
- Prepare for departure from the U.S.
- Travel within the U.S.
- Change or adjust your status.
If you are interested in doing an internship after your
program at UNF ends, you must apply and receive authorization for Academic
Training (AT). The end date on your DS-2019 is key. You must submit and be
authorized to engage in AT before your DS-2019 end date. You must also have a
job offer in order to be approved and your employment start date must be within
30 days of your DS-2019 end date. Training is granted for the time equivalent
to the length of your program of study or 18 months, whichever is less. If you
are interested in Academic Training opportunities you should review the
materials on the Employment section and make an appointment with your
International Student advisor prior to your DS-2019 end date.
You are no longer eligible for on-campus employment during
the 30-day grace period following the completion of your course of study.
Inform your International Student advisor of
your departure date via email.
- Update your student portal with your new mailing
address, phone number, and email address.
- Pay any remaining balance. Your official
transcript will not be released until your balance is fully paid.
- One official copy of your UNF transcripts will
be mailed to our partner university. If you would like to request your own
copy, you can do so with these instructions. Be sure to clear any holds on your
account, or there will be delays in receiving your transcript.
Update your mailing address with your medical
insurance company so they can send any communications/refunds to the correct
- Confirm the move out date of your housing (residence halls or lease agreement).
with your Resident Assistant (RA) the date and approximate time you plan to
move-out of your assigned space.
sure to thoroughly clean your room room/suite/apartment to avoid additional
charges. We recommend that you schedule a walk-through with your RA.
your door, return your keys and Move-Out form to Housing
- Donate or sell any unneeded household/personal
items. You can donate items to local thrift shops or organizations such as Goodwill
Donation Center. You can sell items online via various website.
- If selling a vehicle, be sure to transfer the
title to the new owner and cancel your insurance.
- Notify your bank of your departure plans. Close
your account or work with the bank to determine how to handle the closure of
your account if you have scheduled payments or are expecting reimbursements.
- If you received wages from an employer during
the calendar year, you will need to file a tax return the following year (the
deadline to file is April 15). You will need to obtain your Form W-2 from your
employer. Please keep in mind that you are required to file a tax return on all
U.S. based income even if you are not in the U.S.
- Keep a copy of your old and current Form DS-2019s.
You may need them if you plan to return to the U.S. or apply for another U.S.
immigration benefit in the future.
- If you have obtained a Social Security Number
(SSN), keep your card in case you ever return to the U.S.