Please note: You are viewing the unstyled version of this website. Either your browser does not support CSS (cascading style sheets) or it has been disabled. Skip navigation.

Maintaining Legal Status while in the U.S.

  Email    Print  PDF  Change text to small (default) Change text to medium Change text to large

To maintain legal status in the United States:

  • Maintain required documentation. Ensure that enabling documents (Form DS-2019, I-20, I-797, etc.) and I-94 are always accurate and unexpired.
  • Engage only in activities permitted under your program and category.
  • Apply for extensions of stay prior to the expiration date on your current visa documents.
  • Do not engage in unauthorized employment.
  • Do not travel outside of the U.S. without the proper re-entry documents.
  • Exchange visitors (J-1 and J-2 visa holders) are required to obtain sickness and accident insurance and maintain this insurance throughout the entire period of program participation.
As a foreign national, you have the responsibility to maintain lawful status while in the United States. Become knowledgeable and stay informed about information that impacts your status.

Last updated: July 29, 2014

whoi logo

Copyright ©2008 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, All Rights Reserved, Privacy Policy.
Problems or questions about the site, please contact
Contact Us | Site Map | External | Internal
WHOI Facebook WHOI You TubeWHOI TwitterRead our BlogsWHOI RSS feeds