Maintaining your visa status

How do I keep my visa in status?

If you have an F1 or a J1 visa, it is very important for you to keep your visa in status (i.e., in good standing) in order to avoid serious problems.

At the ELI, there are several things you must to in order to keep your visa in status:

  • Full-time study is required. The government defines “full-time study” in ESL as a program that lasts at least 18 hours per week. This means that you must attend both your Listening/Speaking course and your Reading/Writing course in order to meet this requirement.
  • Meet attendance requirements. Students must attend 85% of their classes and tutoring.
  • Grades. You must pass your classes with an average of 70% (C-) or higher.

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