International Programs

Immigration Regulations

Below is a list of important immigration regulations regarding F-1 and J-1 students. The information provided is not a complete list of immigration regulations. At all time students are responsible for their own immigration status and must inform the office of International Programs of any updates or concerns regarding their status. Students must check their Tennessee Tech email accounts for important updates regarding immigration information or updates to the below information.

For more information on the below subjects, please contact Andrew Bleignier at

Maintaining Status

  • Immigration Documents and US Address
  • Extension Procedures for I-20 or DS-2019
  • Full Course of Study Requirements
  • Change of Status Regulations and Checklist
  • Correction of Status and Reinstatement 


  • Employment and Social Security Cards
  • Economic Hardship Information and Checklist
  • Curricular Practical Training Information and Checklist

Academic Training      

  • Information and Checklist 
  • Recommendation Form

Optional Practical Training

  • Pre-Completion OPT 
  • Post-Completion OPT Information
  • Checklist
  • Test
  • Recommendation form
  • Form I-765 Instructions
  • Form I-765 Example
  • Photo Requirements
  • STEM OPT Information and Checklist
  • Cap-Gap Extension Information


  • Vacation and Travel Information
  • End of Study
  • Transfer 
  • Authorized Early Withdrawal 

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