Last day of work for GAs holding F-1 and J-1 visas


Federal government regulations allow graduate students on F-1 and J-1 visas to hold on-campus employment while they are pursuing their degree. If you complete your degree requirements during Spring 2022 and if your degree is conferred in May, you will no longer be pursuing your degree after 8 May 2022.

If you hold an Academic Year 2021/2022 or Spring 2022 appointment at Storrs or a regional campus (excepting UConn Health), the final date of your appointment is 22 May 2022. If your degree is conferred in May and you hold an F-1 or J-1 visa and your assistantship appointment is covered by a collective bargaining agreement with the Graduate Employee Union (GEU), the time from 8 May 2022 through 22 May 2022 should be treated as time off. Please work with your supervisor to ensure that you finish the duties associated with your assistantship before 8 May 2022. You will still receive your full Spring 2022 GA stipend.

In addition, ISSS will be updating your I-20 or DS-2019 program end date to 7 May 2022 if you are graduating in May and hold a GAship this term. This means your grace period to depart the U.S., or your first eligible date to begin post-completion practical training will begin 8 May 2022. Please plan for this accordingly. ISSS will adjust your I-20 or DS-2019 end date automatically based on notification that you have applied for graduation, or at the time you apply for post-completion OPT (F-1 students) or Academic Training (J-1 students), whichever comes first. ISSS will notify you when your adjusted I-20 or DS-2019 is ready to download from your ISSS portal account.

Please reach out to ISSS at if you have any questions about this change as it relates to your visa status, I-20, grace period, or practical training timeline.

Kent Holsinger

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Biology

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

   and Dean of The Graduate School

Rae Alexander

Director, International Student and Scholar Services