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Immigration Status Issues


Maintaining Status

As an F-1 or J-1 student, it is your responsibility to maintain lawful status in accordance with US immigration laws. The benefits associated with your visa status such as re-entry in to the U.S., on-campus employment, and practical training, are only available if you maintain lawful student status.

Leaving the University
If you are planning on taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from the University of Kentucky, you must speak with an F-1 advisor before doing so, as this could affect your student status

Transfer
In order to transfer from UK to another university within the United States, F-1 and J-1 students must request to have their SEVIS record be transferred to the new school in order to maintain valid immigration status

Extension
A program extension is intended for students who are unable to complete their degree by the completion date indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019.

Concurrent Enrollment  / Distance Learning
To register for classes at two SEVIS schools in the same term, F-1 and J-1 students should apply for Concurrent Enrollment.  This must be approved by UKIC prior to enrolling in courses at the other university.  Distance Learning through online classes is limited for F-1 and J-1 students.  Only one class in Fall or Spring can count toward full-time enrollment.  Students receiving government scholarships may have further restrictions that apply to online courses.

Reduced Course Load
Students in the US on F-1 and J-1 visas are required to carry a full program of study each semester. Full-time is a minimum of 12 credit hours (9 for graduate students). Special circumstances are allowed by regulations but must be approved by a Designated School Official in 214 Bradley Hall.

Out of Status
F-1 students who have overstayed their authorized period or have otherwise failed to maintain F-1 student status for fewer than 5 months may be reinstated to lawful F-1 status.