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Good day, I am a student and I have a J1 Visa for my
internship that is good until October 25 2010, but I was
terminated and they gave me 10 days to go home. I did not
know that. Because I knew that I had until October and I had
30 days of grace period. So I thought I was good to travel
around america because I still had a long time to spare and
since its my first time coming here I wanted to enjoy it.
Are they just scaring me to go back home early? now I cant
enjoy my stay here because of that. Please tell me what I
should do?

Answer
Hi,

Since maintaining J1 status is dependent upon program continuation as per your Form DS-2019, you are violating your J1 status if you continue to remain in the U.S. when no longer enrolled in the J1 program.

The 30-day grace period is applicable upon program completion as per DS-2019. However, as your program has been terminated prematurely, you should depart the U.S. within 10 days of program termination.

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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