Visa status violations

There are certain activities that can result in a violation of your visa status. If you violate your visa status by doing any of the following things, then you may be required to leave the USA immediately.

Note: The list below only shows common activities that result in making a student out of status. For more information about the different activities that can make you lose your visa status, please contact an ELI Admissions counselor (

  • Unauthorized work. Visa-holding students are only permitted to work on campus up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. Off-campus work, or work for more than 20 hours per week is considered a major visa violation. If you are caught doing either of these activities, you must leave the USA immediately.
  • Failure to meet the criteria for maintaining your visa status. Students must study full-time, meet attendance requirements, and pass their classes, or they risk being dismissed from the ELI. | Learn more about maintaining your visa status as an ELI student >
  • Failure to meet the terms of probation. Students who are on academic or attendance probation at the ELI must meet the terms described in their probation letter, or they risk being dismissed from the ELI.
  • Dismissal. If a student is dismissed from the ELI, the University of Delaware is required to cancel his/her visa status automatically. That student must leave the USA immediately (or reinstate at another school).

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