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.
- 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?
Maintaining Legal Non-immigrant 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.
Travel Outside the U.S.
- Maintain valid passport (must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of trip)
- Travel to Canada and Mexico
- Travel Signatures (F and J status holders) be sure to obtain travel signature from ISSS on travel documentation before travel.
- Applying for a visa to enter another country (visit the embassy website of the country you wish to visit)
Obtaining Permanent Residency
- Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
- Petition Information Management System (PIMS)
- Secure Fly Program
- Removing Flags on your record