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Your Student Visa Status

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Here are some things you need to know about obtaining and keeping your legal status while studying in the United States.

Getting a Student Visa

Financial Requirements

Acceptable proof of funding, rates for the current year, and other requirements for issuance of an I-20 or DS-2019 form

Health Insurance Requirements

Guidelines for purchasing health insurance that meets Virginia Tech's requirements

Changing Your Visa Status

Process and documents required for requesting a change of visa status for certain academic or medical reasons

Maintaining Your Status

Maintaining Legal Status

Course load requirements, employment restrictions, and other responsibilities for maintaining your status while in the U.S.

Requesting an Extension of Stay

Procedures and forms for F1 students and For J1 students

Things that Do Not Impact Your Status

Use of support services on campus will not impact your status. For examples,  you can consult with the Graduate Ombudsperson; visit Cook Counseling or the Schiffert Health Center; seek assistance from the Dean of Students office; or take advantage of the programs and services of the Women's Center. Parking tickets, Student Conduct sanctions, or Graduate Honor System decisions also do not influence your status, unless a penalty includes suspension or dismissal from the university. If you have any questions or concerns about how participation in a state- or federally-sponsored program may impact your status, please consult with one of our immigration advisors. 

Transferring a Visa

International Student Transfer Procedures

Transfer to Virginia Tech or from Virginia Tech to another institution

Special Circumstances

J1 Two-Year Home Residency Requirement

Requirements for home residency following J1 study in the U.S.


Procedures for appealing for reinstatement if you violate your immigration status