Maintaining Your F-1 Status

In order to maintain your F-1 visa status, it is important that you are aware of the following responsibilities.  Please read through the F-1 Regulations Handout that is given to you at SEVIS Check-in.

  1.  Students new to University must physically meet with an International Student Advisor, who is a Designated School Official (DSO), within the first two weeks of classes.
  2. Maintain a full course load each term, 12 credits for undergraduate students and 9 credits for graduate students, unless authorized for a reduced course load by the. Acceptable reasons for reduced course load include:
    • Students who experience academic difficulties (for example, unfamiliarity with American teaching methods) may take a reduced credit load, but only in the first semester of their studies in the United States.
    • Students in their final term of study.  Such students need only to register for the credit hours required to complete the degree. If this means that a student will be registered part-time, a reduced course load form needs to be signed by the student’s Academic Advisor and brought to an International Student Advisor.
    • Students who have a medical issue. This requires medical documentation signed by the student’s physician recommending that a reduction in course load and what specifically that reduction should be. Prior authorization is required for this situation as well.
  3. Complete an official immigration transfer whenever changing educational institutions. This must be done within 15 days of the start date on the form I-20.
  4. Maintain a valid Passport at all times. The passport should be valid for at least six months into the future at all times.
  5. Maintain an up-to-date I-20 that reflects the level of study, course of study, and financial support. If you change your major, please have the Academic Certification Form signed by your Academic Advisor.
  6.  Apply in advance for a program extension if you are not able to complete your degree requirement before the end date on your form I-20.
  7.  Do not work off-campus without prior authorization.
  8.  Report any changes of address within 10 days of the move by contacting your International Student Advisor and the Registrar’s Office by updating your information on Marynet