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(For information regarding maintaining your J-1 status, please contact the global education office, 413.559.5542.)
An individual admitted to the U.S. in F-1 student status is permitted to remain legally in the U.S. for a period referred to as "duration of status" (D/S). This means that the student may remain in the U.S. for that period of time during which the student is "maintaining F-1 student status," i.e., complying with the conditions specified in the regulations governing the student's legal presence in the U.S. The regulations are complex; this sheet provides a summary. The international student advisor is available for individual consultations. Refer to the USCIS Fact Sheet for more information on maintaining your student status.
If a student fails to maintain lawful F-1 student status, the student is considered to be unlawfully present in the U.S. Violations of status and being unlawfully present in the U.S. carry serious consequences. The consequences may disrupt your studies, deny you certain benefits associated with F-1 status, and include the possibility of deportation from the U.S. and a ban on re-entering for an extended period of time. Please make sure that you carefully follow the regulations and properly maintain your status at all times. If at anytime you have a question, contact the international student advisor.
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