Office of International Affairs

Immigration Status

The term "immigration status" refers to the immigration classification that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) gives international visitors when they enter the United States, such as F-1 status or J-1 status. The status is written on the I-94 card.

The Office of International Affairs can help advise students in maintaining, changing, or reinstating status. Also, students are advised on extending or changing a degree program or completing studies.


Students entering the United States can expect to experience new procedures. Border agents may verify student’s status in SEVIS by referring arriving students to a second officer for additional inspection or questioning. Under the new procedures, all border agents are expected to be able to access the student immigration database, SEVIS, by the end of May.

Students must have a valid Passport, VISA and I-20 with current dates. If a student's VISA is going to expire in less than 6 months, the student is encouraged to renew the VISA outside the US, while in the student's home country.

The first day of Fall class is August 21. The border agents may check UNA's start date and make sure incoming students arrive on time. Student's addresses must be current. The address in UNA's Banner system must match what is on the SEVIS records and on the Alabama Driver's License.