International Student and Scholar Services

Center for International Education


Immigration Information

To enter and stay in the United states for a specified amount of time, a non-US citizen has to use a non-immigrant visa category.

The visa stamped inside the person’s passport is for entry purposes only. When entering the US the length of stay is determined by an immigration officer, who will place a stamp on the person’s I-94 card (Departure/Arrival record). The notation on the I-94 should say “D/S” which means “Duration of Status” and refers to the period of time in which the F-1 or J-1 status (and F-2 or J-2 dependent status) can be maintained.

Regulations regarding employment, permitted length of stay, and spouse’s eligibility to work vary according to the visa category. For detailed information about the immigration regulations that pertain to your visa category click on the links below.

The procedures and responsibilities of academic departments wishing to host international students, scholars, and employees can be found here for H-1B scholarsJ-1 scholars, and permanent residents.

F1 Students

H1b Scholars

J1 Students

J1 Scholars

Permanent Residency

For non-immigrants wishing to pursue academic studies and/or language training programs for a period of time in the United States.

The temporary worker visa, designated for individuals coming temporarily to the United States to work in a specialty occupation.

For students in an educational exchange program seeking opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States.

Allows academic institutions and other educational exchange programs to sponsor foreign nationals to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States.

Permanent residence is the right to live and work in the United States indefinitely. Also referred to as the “Green Card.”

More Immigration Information

Passports

For additional information about visa types, application process and requirements please visit the Department of State’s travel website.

For information about US embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions please visit musembassy.gov

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