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J-1 SEVIS Violations


It is your responsibility to comply with all immigration and university regulations. We are here to provide you with information and services to ensure that you are aware of these requirements and are able to remain compliant.

Communication with ISO and reading your Topper email regularly will help ensure you stay in status. See Maintaining Status for more information.

If you do not follow all regulations, we may be forced by law to terminate your SEVIS record. Termination of a SEVIS record is very serious and can have many negative consequences for you. It can end your ability to stay in the United States, attend school, and apply for work authorization.

SEVIS termination means that you are not in legal status ("out of status") according to the Department of Homeland Security. If you are out of status, contact us to learn about your options.

The best ways to ensure that you stay in legal status are:

  • Check your Topper email at least once a day
  • Always stay enrolled in full-time courses
  • Request and receive ISO permission before you drop any courses
  • Do not break any university rules or U.S. laws
  • Only work with proper authorization
  • Do not let your DS-2019 expire

Reasons for the termination of a SEVIS Record include:

  • Failure to pursue program activities
  • Failure to maintain health insurance
  • Conviction of a crime
  • Disciplinary action
  • Unauthorized employment
  • Violating university rules
  • Failure to maintain a full course of study

In most cases, the termination of your SEVIS record means that you must immediately depart from the United States. In other words, there is no grace period after termination.

An ISO advisor can help you determine what your options are if your SEVIS record has been terminated. To make an appointment, call 270-745-4857.



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 Last Modified 1/24/17