End of Semester Guidelines

Are you a student who will be continuing your studies at GW in the Fall semester?

  • If you are a GW sponsored J-1 student, please stop by our office as soon as possible to get a travel signature and verify your continued health insurance coverage.
  • If you are a non-GW sponsored J-1 student, please contact the person or organization that originally signed your DS-2019.

Are you a student who expects to complete your studies in the current semester?

Please remember that you must be enrolled full time in your final semester. If you do not plan to be enrolled full time:

Are you a student who expects to complete your course of study by the end of the current semester and DO NOT WANT TO apply for post-graduation work authorization?

If you are completing your degree ahead of the end date listed on your DS-2019 then please remember:

  • After your program ends you have a 30 day (J-1) grace period in which you must do one of following things: depart the United States, apply for a change of status to another non-immigrant classification, or be admitted into another educational program.
  • Please notify the ISO of your pending completion, so that you SEVIS record may be appropriately updated.
  • The ISO will be notified of your graduation well into your 30-day grace period. The ISO will retroactively shorten your DS-2019 to reflect graduation.

Are you a J-1 student who expects to complete your course of study by the end of the current semester and WANT TO apply for post-completion work authorization?

If you plan to apply for Academic Training (AT) then please remember:

  • You must have an employment offer before your completion date.
  • You should contact your advisor for instructions on how to apply for Academic Training
  • Processing for Academic Training can take up to 10 business days for a complete application or more longer if missing documentation.
  • You cannot work without the authorization in hand.

Are you a student who will not be able to complete your program requirements before the end date listed on DS-2019?

You should come into the ISO as soon as you can before the end date listed on your DS-2019 form in order to speak to with an advisor about the extension process.