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 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.

International Students who are traveling outside of the U.S.A. for vacation, study abroad, or summer break.

A.    Tell your designated school official (DSO)

B.    Hand carry all of your required documents. 

  1. Passport
  2. Valid I-20 Form (endorsed for travel)
  3. Proof of Financial Support
  4. Evidence of acceptance to your school : Admission Letter & Recent tuition receipt
  5. Receipt for payment of 901 Fee 
  6. Transcript

 “Every time you enter the United States, whether for your first time here or when returning from travel, there are certain documents you must bring with you. If you do not have these documents, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer may either deny your admission into the United States or issue you a Form I-515A, “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor.” If CBP denies your admission, you may not enter the United States.

Here is what to do to avoid receiving a Form I-515A:

If CBP issues you a Form I-515A, do not panic. This form is a checklist that tells you what information you are missing and what you need to do next. Here is what to expect if CBP issues you a Form I-515A:



Student's addresses must be current. If you have changed your address, you must notify the Office of International Affairs within 15 days of making the change. The address in UNA's Banner system must match what is on the SEVIS records and on the Alabama Driver's License.

The first day of Fall academic class is August 20. The border agents may check UNA's start date and make sure incoming students arrive on time.