Immigration Handbook for Students

WelcomeWelcome to the Immigration Compliance section of the Western Michigan University International Student Handbook, which provides comprehensive information regarding all aspects of immigration as it relates to your enrollment at WMU.

Maintaining status

Topics covered in this section:

  • Maintaining status
  • Student and Exchange Visitor Information System
  • Underenrollment
  • Reinstatement
  • Bringing dependents
  • Change of status to F-1
  • I-20/DS-2019 extensions
  • Transfer out
  • After graduation
  • Important terms


Topics covered in this section:

  • Optional Practical Training
  • Curricular Practical Training
  • Off-campus employment: J-1
  • J-2 Dependent employment
  • On-campus job resources
  • Taxpayer identification numbers
  • Taxes

Domestic and international travel

Topics covered in this section:

  • Travel within the United States
  • Travel to Canada or Mexico (of 30 days or less)
  • Travel abroad (including Canada or Mexico for more than 30 days)
  • Travel and H-1B portability
  • Sensitive areas of study or research