In order to maintain your F-1 visa status, you must:
Attend the school and degree program indicated on your I-20. Request
a new form if there is any change in your degree level or major.
Carry a full course of study (9 credit hours for graduate students and 12
credit hours for undergraduate students). Exceptions can be approved
ONLY by the International Student Advisor-Designated School
Keep your I-20 form valid at all times. Check the expiration date in
item #5 to make sure that it is still valid. Request a new form if any
major changes occur in your situation (e.g., changes in source of
funding, marital status, major, degree program).
Follow the required procedures (with the help of the Designated School
Official/International Advisor) in a timely manner when:
- Applying for extension of stay
- Transferring to or from another school
- Registering each semester
- Dropping less than a full-time courseload
- Withdrawing from school
- Applying for OPT
- There have been any changes in personal information
Refrain from off-campus employment without ICE or school
authorization. Off-campus work permission is approved ONLY by ICE
in case of an extraordinary circumstance. It is illegal to work without
authorization and you are subject to deportation.
Keep your passport valid at all times.