To our International Students and Scholars: DHS Proposes Rule to Eliminate Duration of Status (D/S) Admission for F and J Visa Holders

Friday, Sep 25, 2020
by Albert Rivera

The following email was sent out to our International Students on September 25, 2020:


To our International Students and Scholars, 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule today that, if implemented, would eliminate Duration of Status (or D/S) admission for international students, scholars, and dependents holding F and J visas. The proposed rule would replace D/S designation with a fixed time period of either two-or-four years upon admission to the U.S. Under current regulations those admitted for D/S can have their programs extended by their visa sponsor without the need for filing a request with the government. Under the proposed rule this process would be replaced by a requirement to file an extension of stay directly with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Another significant change is the proposal to eliminate the 60-day grace period for F-visa holders and replace it with a 30-day grace period to align with what is currently granted to J-visa holders. The proposed rule includes an OPT change by increasing the number of days applicants have to file prior to the program end date from 90 days to 120 days.

Important Points: 

  • A proposed rule does not impact your immigration status. If you are currently a F-or-J visa holder at Princeton, and were admitted for Duration of Status, that has not changed. You remain in D/S. 
  • We expect numerous comments to be filed relating to the proposed rule. This could lead to changes in the proposed rule. 
  • This proposed rule does not impact members of the Princeton community already subject to date-specific admission (i.e., H-1B, O-1, TN,  E-3, and any dependents holding derivative visas).

The Davis International Center stands in solidarity with our international students and scholars during these uncertain times. Please know that we are here for you and will be working vigorously with our campus partners, and others, to protect our shared values as an academic community. Many aspects of the proposed rule are very concerning and we appreciate your patience as we continue our review and analysis to assess and address potential impact. 

Please continue to visit our web site for the latest relevant information on this topic. We will be posting more details over the coming days and weeks. Thank you all for your support and please stay safe.

With warmest regards.

Albert Rivera
Davis International Center
Princeton University