Maintaining Your Status
It is important for you to maintain valid visa status while
in the United States and at MIT. Please contact the International
Scholars Office (ISchO) if you have any questions or concerns. We
can guide you and help ensure your compliance with regulations. Please
do your part to make sure the ISchO always has the most accurate,
up-to-date information about you, and inform the ISchO of the following:
- Change of home address (see details)
- Plans to travel outside the United States. Always check with the
ISchO several weeks before traveling outside the United States to
make sure you have all necessary documents and signatures. Also consult
ISchO Travel Advisory.
- Change of MIT department
- Change in funding (source and/or amount)
- Change in work location
- Change of appointment percentage or title
- Early departure from MIT/Termination of MIT appointment
- Leave of absence (please inform the ISchO before the leave)
- Leaving the United States for an extended period of time
Always pursue your teaching and/or research activities. Do not engage
in activities not authorized under your nonimmigrant visa program.
If you are not sure if an activity would be permitted, check with the
Changing Your Local U.S. Address
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations require notification within 10 days of any change. If you change your local U.S. address:
- Notify the ISchO within 10 days so we can update our records and,
if applicable, your SEVIS record.
- Notify MIT of your change of address via the Employee Self Service website at http:/web.mit.edu/sapwebss/PS1/home.shtml.
- Notify the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by submitting Form AR-11 (or Form AR-11SR, if you are subject to special registration) within 10 days of your address change. See
complete instructions on the ISchO website. Individuals in F-1 and J-1 status do not complete these forms, but rather inform the visa sponsor (your international office) of a new address. The visa sponsor then submits the change of address information to SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (national database).
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Last Updated: February 2010