J-1 students

J-1 status eligibility

Students are eligible to apply for J-1 status only if they meet one of the following criteria:

  1. They are financed by either the U.S. government, or home country government or an international organization
  2. The program is carried out under a written agreement between the U.S. government, foreign government, foreign educational institution or state/local government
  3. Exchange visitor is supported substantially by funding from sources other than personal or family funds
J-1 full-time enrollment

J-1 students are required to enroll full-time in school during their stay in the United States.

Full-time enrollment requirements
Student type Credits
Undergraduate 12 credits
Graduate 9 credits
Graduate students with assistantship 6 credits

Part-time enrollment. Part-time enrollment is authorized only for documented medical reasons, academic reasons or during the final semester with prior approval from the International Student Advisor.

Non-degree students. Non-degree students must follow a prescribed course of study defined by their exchange agreements.

Duration of status

J-1 students pursuing degree programs at the University of Nevada, Reno are allowed to remain in the United States for the length of time necessary to complete their studies as long as they make the required academic progress toward completion of their degree programs.

Non-degree students. Non-degree students are allowed to stay for up to 24 months as long as they follow a prescribed course of study defined by their exchange agreements.

School transfer

J-1 students can transfer to another university. To do that, please follow the admission process at the new school and identify yourself as a J-1 exchange visitor in the student category. Inform the OISS advisor that you will be transferring and follow transfer instructions from the new school. Your SEVIS record will be transferred from the University of Nevada, Reno to your new university.

Applying for a visa

An exchange visitor visa is required for foreign citizens to enter the United States and participate in an exchange visitor program.

Health insurance

J-1 visa holders are required to maintain health insurance throughout the period of stay in the U.S

Work authorization

J-1 visa holders have specific provisions for working in the United States.

Home country requirements

J-1 visa holders are required to spend two years in their home country at the end of their J-1 program.