A basic understanding of U.S. immigration concepts and terms is critical for:
- University departments hosting international students, faculty and visiting researchers
- international students
- international faculty, researchers and visiting scholars
The U.S. has over 20 different nonimmigrant statuses, each with specific rules, restrictions, durations, and eligibility requirements. Not every classification can legally work or study in the U.S. These pages are intended to provide brief overviews of key immigration-related concepts.
Things to know about Nonimmigrant Classifications
- Who doesn't need a visa to enter the U.S.?
- Who can get honoraria payments?
- what about CUA faculty/researchers in non-immigrant statuses?
Things to know about maintaining legal nonimmigrant status in the U.S.
- Filing appropriate Tax Forms, even if no U.S. income is earned
- Reporting Address Changes within 10 days
- Grace Periods for F and J status
- Unauthorized Presence
- Laws governing where you live
- The affects of an arrest
- Things to know about bringing dependents, domestic partners, and extended family to the U.S.
Things to know about traveling outside the U.S.
- Maintain valid passport
- Travel to Canada and Mexico
- Travel Signatures (F and J status holders)
- Applying for a visa to enter another country
Things to know after obtaining permanent residency
Things to know about National Security Concerns
- Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
- Petition Information Management System (PIMS)
- Technology Alert List
- Do Not Fly List
- Removing Flags on your record