J-1 students on occasion may fail to maintain valid J-1 student status. The reasons for this may be due to circumstances beyond the J-1 student's control, inadvertent error, or willful failure to comply with the relevant regulations.
J-1 regulations distinguish between violations of J-1 status that are procedural and fairly minor and violations are those that are more substantive. Minor violations can be 'corrected' whereas major violations require application to the U.S. Department of State for reinstatement. Reinstatement procedures are demanding and difficult, and approval is not guaranteed. Furthermore, certain kinds of J-1 immigration violations lead to automatic termination of J-1 status.
Examples of minor errors or violations in a student's record include the following:
In the event that you fail to submit a request for an extension or for Academic Training before your DS-2019 expires, the OIS will review your request an issue a new DS-2019 that 'corrects' your J-1 record and extends you as necessary, to allow you to continue your studies and/or Academic Training. A correction cannot be granted:
Reinstatement to J-1 status becomes necessary if there is a more substantive violation of J-1 regulations. Examples of such violations include:
In the event that you have committed a substantive violation of J-1 regulations, the OIS will advise you directly of reinstatement procedures. Approval for reinstatement is not guaranteed.
Certain kinds of regulations automatically lead to termination of J-1 status. Procedures for record-correction or reinstatement are not available in these circumstances:
Contact the Office of International Services at firstname.lastname@example.org with information regarding the above.