General Immigration Information
United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) - The United Citizenship and Immigration Services, a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for enforcing immigration regulations. Although some USCIS paperwork must be sent to the USCIS Data Processing Center or the Texas Service Center, other business can be handled in person at the local office. The local USCIS office that processes actions for international students at Bellarmine is: Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse Building, Room 390, 601 West Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202, (502) 582-6375. Or visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' website.
- Completion of Studies J-1 (ISEP) students have 30 days to depart the country after completing their course of study. Learn more here.
- F-1 (Bilateral and degree-seeking) students have 60 days to depart the country after completing their course of study. Learn more here.
- Early Termination - Students have 15 days to depart the country if they terminate their program of study early. Failure to register for classes each semester constitutes early termination.
- Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record - Permission to enter the U.S. is recorded by the Form I-94, issued at the port of entry. F-1 and J-1 students are admitted for duration of status, which is written as D/S on the Form I-94. D/S refers to the time necessary to complete a course of study as recorded on the Form I-20. F-1 and J-1 students have 60 days to depart the U.S. at the completion of the duration of status.