As an F-1 international student, you are required by the Department of Homeland Security to abide by the conditions of your non-immigrant status. Failure to abide by the regulations will result in serious penalties, including deportation. The following guidelines will help you maintain a legal F-1 status while you are temporarily residing in the U.S.A.
You must maintain valid passports for you and your dependents. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months into the future. To renew your passport, contact your home country embassy in the U.S.A.
Transfer and Concurrent Enrollment
Always obtain permission from an international advisor prior to taking a few classes at another campus (concurrent enrollment) or taking all classes at another campus (transfer).
Address, Phone Number, and E-mail Change
Report to your international student advisor any change of address, telephone number or e-mail within 10 days of the change.
Submit U.S. tax forms every year even if you do not earn an income.
Working on campus for 18.5 hours a week while school is in session is permitted. Working off campus is not permitted unless you have been authorized for curriculum practical training, optional practical training or employment based on economic hardship.
Never leave without informing your international student advisor. You must obtain a travel signature on your I-20 ten days prior to your departure. Your passport, visa, and I-20 must also be valid when you travel.
A 60-day grace period exists after academic program completion. During the 60-day grace period, you may:
A 15-day grace period exists after authorized withdrawal. During the 15 day grace period, you may:
A student who has failed to maintain status may apply to be reinstated to lawful F-1 status within 5 months of falling out of status. If the reinstatement is denied, the student will be asked to leave the U.S.
Change of Status
Please notify an international student advisor and provide supporting documents when: