We hope everyone has had a successful fall semester! Below are some important immigration reminders for F-1 and J-1 students. Note that each situation is unique and the information below is general. If you have any questions or concerns about your particular situation, CIE advisors are available to meet with you during Walk-In hours Monday through Friday from 1-4 pm.
If you are graduating…
Program Completion Date and Grace Period
If you are a graduating F-1 or J-1 student, your official program completion date for the Fall semester is December 15, 2018. This is the completion date even if you are meeting a second fall thesis/dissertation deadline. You must end all on-campus employment by December 15, 2018.
F-1 Students: Your 60-day grace period begins on December 16, 2018. If you have applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT), your program completion date may even be sooner (check your OPT I-20).
J-1 Students: Your 30-day grace period begins on December 16, 2018.
F-1 Students: The 60-day grace period is intended for you to prepare to leave the U.S. Unless you transfer to a different university or program, to a different immigration status or file for OPT, you must leave the U.S. by the end of your grace period.
You may travel inside the U.S. during your grace period but you may not leave the country and return in F-1 status. OPT and transfer situations are exceptions and we discuss those individually during the OPT or transfer process. Please contact a CIE advisor if you have questions.
J-1 Students: The 30-day grace period is intended for you to prepare to leave the U.S. Unless you transfer to a different university or program, to a different immigration status or file for AT, you must leave the U.S. by the end of your grace period.
You can travel inside the U.S. during your grace period but you may not leave the country and return in J-1 status. Academic Training and transfer situations are exceptions and we discuss those individually during the Academic Training or transfer process.
Students who will graduate, transfer or withdraw from the University should fill out the Departure Form located at http://international.utk.edu/forms/departure-form
If you are returning to UTK in the Spring Semester…
Change of Address
If you are moving/have moved inside the U.S., or if your permanent (home country) address has changed, please make sure you submit your change of address to CIE through the iVols protal so that your SEVIS record is updated. The online form can be accessed through iVols.
You should also update your address on file with the University of Tennessee through MyUTK.
If you are a continuing student and plan to travel abroad this winter break, please be sure to check your immigration documents and submit a travel authorization request via the iVols portal before you depart (at least 2 weeks in advance). If you plan to travel inside the U.S., please be sure to take your passport and current I-20 or DS-2019 with you.
If you are traveling abroad, CIE strongly recommends that you print out a copy of your electronic I-94 upon your return. Review your I-94 to verify that the information is correct. You can check your I-94 here:
Good luck on finals and travel safe!