As an international student in the US, it's important for you to understand that it is your responsibility to keep your F-1/J-1 status legal and valid throughout the duration of your studies in the US. Make sure you follow this information while you are an international student at NYU.

Keep your immigration documents valid and unexpired. 

  • Your passport should be valid at least six months into the future at all times. If your passport is expiring soon, renew it with your country’s consulate in the US or in your home country. 
  • Your I-94 record should be correct and printed out every time you travel outside of and reenter the US to ensure you entered the country in F-1 or J-1 status. To learn more, visit I-94 Record.
  • Your I-20 or DS-2019 must be accurate and unexpired. You must keep all original I-20s ever issued to you in a safe place. Do not throw away any I-20. If any information is incorrect or you need to update anything on your I-20 or DS-2019, contact us. If your I-20 or DS-2019 is expiring, learn more about getting an extension.
  • Your visa must be valid if you are traveling outside of and reentering the US. To learn more about getting a new visa, visit get a US visa.

Register for full time enrollment every fall and spring semester. 

  • You must register for full time enrollment every fall and spring semester. You must be making normal progress towards your program completion. 
  • Only one online course may count towards full-time enrollment in any fall or spring semester. 
  • If you think you need to enroll part time, get OGS approval before your registration is finalized. Learn more about getting part time enrollment approval, including the procedure to apply at register part-time

Keep a US address and phone number in your NYU record and update within 10 days of any changes. 

  • You must keep a current US address and US phone number in your NYU record. If there are any changes, you are required to update the information within 10 days. For more information on how to update the address in your NYU record, visit How to Update Your Local US Address.

Do not begin work without authorization.

  • For more information on working in the US as an international student, visit Employment & Tax

Follow University and US government requirements. 

  • You must have health insurance while you are a student at NYU. To learn more about your insurance and what you can do if you want to waive coverage, visit Insurance and Patient Accounts.
  • Each year you are required to file a tax form regardless of whether you work in the US. For more information about how and when to file, visit our Tax Page.
  • You must provide the NYU Student Health Center with records of your immunizations. If you don’t, you could be de-enrolled from your classes. To learn more about your health requirements, visit Health Requirements for all NYU Students.  
  • You are required to obey all local, state, and federal laws during your stay in the United States. Any violation of the laws could impact your immigration status. For more information, please visit Effect of Arrest on Immigration Status.
  • As international students, you need to avoid receiving government funding or benefits that might make you seem to be what is known as a 'public charge' - someone dependent on government funding or benefits that are intended only for US Citizens and/or Permanent Residents. See our public charge information to learn more about this.

Carry all the required documents when traveling and reentering the US as an international student. 

Decide your plans by the end of your grace period.

  • Upon completion of your degree program, F-1 students have 60-days and J-1 students have 30 days to do the following: 

 * Students may not exit and reenter the US in F-1 or J-1 status during their grace period. This includes any travel to Canada.