If you need to add an F-2 or J-2 dependent, submit an Add F-2/J-2 Dependent
request in the ISSS Portal. After your dependents arrive in the U.S. or get an approved change of status from USCIS, you will need to submit an F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-In
request in the ISSS Portal.
If you need to edit dependent information on the I-20/DS-2019 OR remove your dependents submit a General ISSS Request
in the ISSS Portal.All the above requests can be found in the General Student Services section of the ISSS portal
. See the F-2/J-2 Dependents
page for more information about F-2 and J-2 status.
Lost or Damaged I-20/DS-2019
If you need a replacement for any of your I-20s or DS-2019s, submit a General ISSS Request
in the ISSS Portal
Change from F-1/J-1 Status to Another Status
If you’ve been approved for a change of status or entered the U.S. on a different visa, you should submit one of the change of status requests in the ISSS Portal
.If you are interested in changing to F-2 or J-2 status and your spouse is an F-1 or J-1 with TAMU
, your spouse needs to submit an Add F-2/J-2 Dependent
request to ISSS. See the F-2/J-2 Dependents
page for more information.
Some common status violations are:
If you believe you’ve violated your F-1 or J-1 status somehow, contact ISSS as soon as possible.
- Working without authorization (this includes doing internships and co-ops)
- Not enrolling full-time without authorization
- Not enrolling in enough in-person courses
- Doing a leave of absence without telling ISSS
The sooner you contact ISSS, the more options you may have to resolve the issue. Students who violate their status are not eligible for F-1/J-1 immigration benefits such as work authorization, program extension, degree-level changes, school transfers, etc. Also, ISSS cannot provide these students with certain services, letters, or endorsements on some legal documents.
Typically there are two ways to regain your F-1 or J-1 status.
- New Entry: Leave the U.S. and re-enter with a new I-20 or DS-2019 (and a new visa, if needed).
- F-1: This will reset your status and you must re-accrue eligibility for CPT and OPT again.
- Reinstatement: Work with ISSS to request reinstatement of your status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or the U.S. Department of State.
- F-1: Get a reinstatement I-20 and then submit an I-539 application to USCIS.
- J-1: ISSS will need to send a request to the Department of State (see Substantive Infractions).
- Students should not travel while the reinstatement is pending.