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J-1 Exchange Visitor Students

There are many international students studying at UIC in J-1 Exchange Visitor Student status. Some are sponsored by UIC and others are sponsored by third-party organizations like the Institute of International Education (IIE). If you are a J-1 EV Student sponsored by UIC, you will work with OIS to maintain your immigration status. Please use the information below and connect with an OIS advisor with any questions.

Students sponsored by third-party organizations should consult with their sponsoring agency on general status maintenance requirements or when requesting an immigration benefit. Learn more about Non-UIC Sponsored J-1 Exchange Visitors.

Maintaining J-1 EV Student status basics Heading link

In addition to the basic status maintenance requirements for all J-1 Exchange Visitors, J-1 EV Students must take additional steps to ensure that they remain in valid status and are eligible for benefits such as employment or program extensions.

Academic changes Heading link

Your academic plans and immigration status are closely connected. When a change occurs with your academics an update to your immigration record is likely needed. Learn about common academic-related immigration updates below.

Employment Heading link

While your primary objective as J-1 Exchange Visitor Student in the U.S. is always your studies, the category does strongly promote cultural exchange, which can occur in the workplace or during a practical training experience. It is your responsibility to understand how to appropriately take advantage of the employment and training benefits associated with our visa status, should you choose to do so.

Other J-1 EV Student status issues Heading link

Depending on your situation, you may need to take additional action on your J-1 EV Student record beyond basic status maintenance, academic changes, or employment. Below are other areas in which OIS supports J-1 EV Student status maintenance.