This is a summary of your F-1 and J-1 student benefits and responsibilities. The International Center (IC) can provide information, advice, and assistance regarding U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS) and Department of State (State) regulations in order to help you achieve your educational goals. You should work closely with the staff in the IC to make certain that you maintain lawful status while you are a student at UNF.
The following documents must be valid at all times while you are in the U.S. Keep them in a safe place and keep photocopies in a different secure location. Notify the IC immediately in order to obtain a new document if any of these are damaged, lost or stolen or if any of the information contained in them changes.
Note: The student visa (F-1 or J-1) inside your passport is your permit to enter the U.S. You will not be out of status if it expires while you are in the U.S. However, if you leave the U.S. you will need a valid visa to re-enter.
After consultation with your academic advisor and with prior authorization from the IC, you may enroll in courses at another school while continuing to study at UNF.
You must consult with your Academic Advisor and obtain a new SEVIS I-20 Form or DS-2019 Form whenever you change majors or add a major. You may be required to submit updated financial documentation.
You must submit new financial documentation when you change academic levels (for example, Bachelor's to Master's degree) in order to obtain a new Form I-20/DS-2019.
You must notify the IC and the USCIS within 10 days whenever your address in the U.S. changes.
You may be eligible to have your spouse and children visit you or join you for during your studies. Other members of your family may be able to visit you, too. Please contact the IC to talk about your options.
Falling out of lawful status carries severe penalties including loss of all benefits and forced departure from the United States. Applying for reinstatement requires paying a fee and can take many months, during which time you are ineligible for any international student benefits. It is sometimes preferable to leave the U.S. and apply for a new visa rather than apply for reinstatement. However, doing so does not "reinstate" you to the lawful student status that you previously had. Rather, you enter in "new" student status and have to begin again the 9 months requirement before applying for certain student benefits
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