Maintaining F-1 Status

  1. Remain a full-time student by enrolling in at least 3.0 credit hours per semester. Be aware that you will need an average of 4 credits per semester to graduate in 4 years.
  2. Report any changes in personal information within 10 days. Promptly update ISSS staff on changes such as graduation date, address and phone number in the U.S. or in your home country, and any declared major changes.
  3. Request a DSO re-entry/travel signature on page 2 of your I-20, before traveling outside the United States. Remember to carry required documentation on your trips.
  4. Follow campus guidelines for student employees. While classes are in session, on-campus work schedule is limited to 18 hours per week.
  5. If you want to pursue an internship off-campus (paid or unpaid) or an internship with an off-campus organization (even if remote), you will need written authorization and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) approval. Working off-campus without authorization is a F-1 status violation!
  6. If you wish to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you must meet with ISSS staff to complete the online application. Working without authorization is terms for visa termination.
  7. If you plan to stop your studies for any reason, you must meet with ISSS staff before withdrawing from classes.
  8. Maintain a passport valid for at least six (6) months into the future. Renew your passport before it expires! 
  9. Your  F-1 visa may expire while you are in the United States, as long as you maintain your F-1 active status and have a valid I-20. Please, note that if you leave the United States, you are required to present a valid F-1 visa to re-enter.
  10. If you decide to change schools, you must complete the official transfer process. Notify the Registrar’s Office and your academic adviser. Also provide a copy of your acceptance letter to the ISSS staff and any transfer-in forms required by your new school.
  11. Ultimately it is your responsibility to maintain your F-1 visa status. The Center for Global Study & Engagement staff can only educate and assist you. 

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