As a J-1 student, you have several options after completion of your program of study at WKU.
Here are some of the options to consider as you finish your program of study:
If you are an undergraduate student, your completion date will be the last day of the term in which you complete your degree requirements, usually the last day of final exams, regardless of the date you actually participate in graduation ceremonies.
If you are a graduate student writing a thesis or dissertation, your completion date will be the date that you submit the final draft of your thesis or dissertation (provided that you have been making normal progress toward your degree completion).
Please note that your eligibility to work on campus ends upon completion of your program of study.
Federal regulations provide a 30-day grace period that starts the day you complete your program of study. The grace period ends 30 days after you complete the program, regardless of the expiration date on your DS-2019.
If by the end of the grace period, you have not made other plans, you must depart the country.
If you plan to travel outside of the United States during your grace period, the International Student Office cannot sign your DS-2019 for travel. You will NOT be able to re-enter the United States as an J-1 student, because you have completed your program.
You may be able to re-enter the United States as a tourist.See an advisor during walk-in advising hours to discuss your plans before your travel.
If you have J-2 dependents with you in the United States, their status is dependent upon yours. If you choose to leave the country after you complete your program of study, your family members may not legally stay in the United States without you if they are in J-2 status.