Students who engage in study abroad or research abroad for an academic semester or longer (not including academic break periods such as summer vacations) must inform ISSS of their study or research abroad plans. International students are generally not permitted to be outside of the United States for more than five consecutive months due to the Five Month Rule. If a student is outside of the United States for more than five months, their SEVIS record will be terminated and their J-1 status will end, however, students who do research or study abroad may be exempt from this rule. Please inform ISSS if you plan to do study or conduct research abroad. We will review your eligibility and tell you how to keep your J-1 status active while you are outside of the United States.
Final Semester Reminder
If you are studying or conducting research abroad in the last semester of your academic program and plan to apply for post-completion academic training, you must return to the United States in J-1 status by the DS-2019 program end date, or you will not be eligible for academic training employment authorization. Also keep in mind that you must complete the process for academic training authorization no later than your DS-2019 program end date.
Check the expiration date of your J-1 visa in your passport. If your visa has expired or will expire during your study or research abroad, you must renew the visa before returning to the United States.
If you are studying abroad in the spring semester, keep in mind that you must still meet tax-filing requirements if you were in the United States at any time in the prior calendar year.