Are you a graduate student who plans to do research outside of the US? Want to know how to keep your F-1/J-1 visa and status in the US active while doing this research?
If you are an F-1 or J-1 international student, and you will do research outside of the US, you must report this to the Office of Global Services. We will then provide you with information on whether you can keep your F-1 or J-1 record active while you are away.
Get a letter of support from your academic advisor or director of graduate studies which confirms:
You need to be physically present in the US if you want to apply for any F-1 off-campus work authorization. Remember, it usually takes 3-5 months to get authorization to work. If you think that you may want to work immediately after your coming back to the US, talk to an advisor at the OGS prior to leaving to discuss how you can make this possible.
Contact us with your research or study abroad plans. Be sure to tell us how long you plan to be away for. We will then let you know if and how you can keep your J-1 status active while outside of the US.