J-1 Students: Important Reminders when Graduating
- Working after graduation
- Staying in the U.S during the grace period
- Continuing on to another degree at Cornell
- Attending another school for a new degree program
In order to use the J-1 Academic Training work authorization available to
J-1 students, you must apply at the ISSO NO LATER than your
graduation date or last day as a registered student (whichever is EARLIER).
Click here to read more about J-1 Academic Training.
As a J-1 student, you have a 30 day grace period after your date of graduation. During that grace period, you may remain in the U.S. but you may NOT re-enter the U.S. in J-1 Status. If you are not going to remain in the U.S. for work or another degree program and only need to re-enter the U.S. to pick up your belongings, speak to an advisor at the ISSO about the possibility of entering the U.S. in tourist status.
If you are planning to begin a new degree program at Cornell after you graduate from one program, you MUST have a new DS-2019 issued for the new program no later than the end of the 30 day grace period. In order to get your new DS-2019, you must complete the following steps:
- send your funding certification to the graduate school or the relevant admissions office (JGSM, Law, Vet)
- fill out the top section of the change of level DS-2019 application
- have your graduate student services representative fill out the bottom section
- bring it to the ISSO and speak with an advisor
If you are planning to begin a new degree program at another U.S. college or university after graduating, you MUST contact the ISSO and let us know which school you will be attending no later than the end of your 30 day grace period. We will enter the information for your planned transfer to the new school into your electronic SEVIS record. Read more about the transfer procedure here.