Registration and Course Load Requirements
SEVIS is an internet-based system implemented by the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) to track student enrollment for F, J, and M visa holders in the United States.
To maintain status, a student will need to add 3 in-class credit hours by selecting a regular term, fast track or flex term class not taught online.
Online Learning Courses
Attendance in classes is very important to maintain your F-1 visa status. International students on an F-1 visa must attend classes regularly (and must arrive in class on time) in order to maintain their immigration status in the U.S. There will be severe consequences of excessive absenteeism and tardies.
If you miss 5 days, you will likely fail your classes. If you miss more than 10 days without a medical justification, we may require you to transfer out to another institution for the next semester. If you are late three times, it will count as one absence.
Excessive absenteeism and tardies may jeopardize your F-1 visa status!
If we need to terminate your SEVIS I-20 record due to failure to maintain status, you will need to transfer out to another institution to seek reinstatement for your F-1 status.
If you have a medical need to miss the classes, please inform your instructors and International Student Advisors.
Please request the proper procedures to apply for the following types of employment from an International Student Advisor in the Multicultural Center.
Obtaining a Social Security Card
To obtain a Social Security card, students will need to find employment on campus, obtain a letter offering employment from the employer and bring the letter to an International Student Advisor.
Curriculum Practical Training
Optional Practical Training
An F-1 student may be authorized to have 12 months of Optional Practical Training, and become eligible for another 12 months of practical training when he/she changes to a higher educational level (Associate, Bachelor, Master, and doctorate)
If you are going to travel to your home country, or to another country, you must get travel authorization from an International Student Advisor at least 10 days before your trip. Please bring your I-20 and passport to get a travel endorsement. Please check if your passport and F-1 visa are still valid. Let us know if you need a letter for a visa renewal. If you leave the country without advisor's signature on the 2nd page of your I-20 and without a travel authorization, you may experience serious problems with your return to the U.S. at the airport (or other port of entry).
After each trip, upon arrival in the U.S., please go to www.CBP.gov/i94 and enter the required information in order to print your I-94 admission number (based on the electronically submitted data). You will be provided with a CBP admission stamp (with the date of your arrival in the U.S.) on your passport.
Important: You must keep your passport valid for at least 6 months into the future. Check your passport expiration date!
If you need to renew your passport, please contact your embassy/consulate in the United States for further details.
If you need to travel during the academic term due to an emergency situation, please see an International Student Advisor and inform your instructors immediately.
If you are traveling and will not be able to register in person, please provide a completed and signed Proxy Form to the authorized person (your friend or relative) who can come to see an advisor and register for your classes. You must provide a copy of your student ID card (both sides) or photo ID to the authorized person.
You may obtain Proxy Form here.
Before you transfer to another school please contact an International Student Advisor for the proper procedures.
If you want to transfer to another university you need to:
Registration & Grades
Probation, Suspension, Dismissal
You will lose your F1 status and you will need to leave the United States immediately.
Information regarding academic probation, suspension and dismissal are available in the Richland College Catalog, Scholastic Performance and Academic Standings
Student must carry a 2.0 GPA to maintain F-1 status
International Student Advisement in the Multicultural Center
Please visit an International Student Advisor in the Multicultural Center when you have any questions regarding immigration issues or maintaining your F-1 status.
Student guidelines to maintain legal F-1 status
Please review the following guidelines. Each one is important to maintain your F-1 Status
*FULL COURSE OF STUDY
Students who fail to maintain a full course of study are out of status and ineligible to work on campus or to apply for off-campus employment. Failure to maintain status may also affect the ability to transfer to another school.
**ON-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT: F-1 students who maintain their legal status and are in good standing at Richland college are eligible to work on campus up to 19.5 hours per week without immigration authorization.