am an J-1 Exchange Visitor. I will finish my research program
one month. What is the Grace Period do I have for me to stay in the
United States for additional time?
The misunderstanding for "grace period" is common. A common
misconception is that a grace period will allow alien students or
visiting scholars to remain in U.S. after their education or after the
denial of their immigration petitions. But in most situations, the
grace period is very limited after their education to stay in
United States, or even there is no such legal grace period after denial
of their immigration petitions.
By definition, the grace period in the context of visa or immigration
is a continuation of valid nonimmigrant status in the United States.
For most cases, the term of grace period is used to refer to the
continuation of F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor status after the
completion of the F-1 or J-1 study/research in the United States.
Therefore, the alien students or visiting scholars who are present in a
proper grace period are considered to be in a lawful nonimmigrant
status in U.S.
For an international student, a "grace period" of 60 days of
valid F-1 student status is added upon the completion of the F-1 study
or F-1 post-completion practical training (OPT). During the 60 days
grace period, a F-1 student may change status, transfer to a different
study program, or prepare for departure from the United States to their
home countries. For J-1 exchange visitors, there are generally 30 days
of "grace period", following the completion of their J-1 programs or