F-1 vs. J-1 Student Status
Most of Emory's international students carry F-1 visas. When you're admitted, we'll issue you an I-20 unless you are coming through another organization, such as Fulbright. In those cases, you will probably come to Emory as a J-1 student.
Admission to a full-time program
Admission to a full-time program, plus:
Note: J-1 students aren't allowed in a program that has patient contact or clinical care components.
|Dependents||F-2 dependents can't study or work in the US. Exception: school-age children younger than 18 can study.||J-2 dependents can study and apply for work authorization.|
|Health insurance||Emory requires all students to have health insurance, and we strongly recommend coverage for F-2 dependents. Learn more >>||
In addition to Emory's requirement that all students have health insurance, you and your dependents are legally required to carry insurance. Federal requirements for J-1 health insurance:
Emory's student plan meets these requirements.
|On-campus employment||You can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full time during breaks. You'll need to apply for a social security number.||You can work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and full time during breaks. You'll need to get approval from your ISSS advisor and apply for a social security number. After 1 year of employment, you need to get work authorization again.|
|2-year home residency requirement||No requirement.||You might be required to return to your home country for 2 years after your program if you have government funding or if you're studying a field on the skills list. This can also limit your eligibility for certain US visas in the future. Learn more >>|
|Transfers||You can transfer to a new school either in the middle of your program or within 60 days after finishing your program.||
(if program completed)
|60 days||30 days|