F-1 Visa Information
Once in the United States, it is your responsibility to maintain your status as an F-1student. Failure to maintain your status as an F-1 student can result in termination of your I-20.
Please please make sure:
- Upon arrival, please fill in the form, “International Student Check-in”.
- Pick up your new I-20 at the Recruitment and Admissions Office within 10 days after submission of the form. You must pick up your new I-20 within 30 days of school beginning.
- Attend your mandatory International Student Orientation.
Update your DSO about: change of program or personal information no later than 10 days after the change:
Passport and I-20
- Please make sure your passport is valid, with 6 months of validity recommended. Your I-20 must be valid and registered as well.
- For an extension of I-20, you will need to fill out the “Extension of Stay” Form
- Be aware that your visa must be active when travelling out of the USA.
- To obtain a new visa, you will need to leave the USA and visit a consulate or embassy.
- Check your I-94 status every time you enter the USA.
- Upon entry, make sure the CBP officer stamps and writes F-1/DS on your passport
- Be aware that you must be enrolled in 12 credit hours in fall and spring semester, 9 of which must be in traditional, in-class and on campus. If summer is your first semester, you must be enrolled in 6 hours; otherwise, it will be optional.
- Classes taken for audit (AU) or withdrawn/administrative withdraw (W/AW) will NOT count towards full-time enrollment
- You must talk to a DSO before you drop any courses under any circumstances. DSOs are here to help you on your journey toward graduation.
Full-time Enrollment Exceptions
- You are studying in the final semester of your program
- If you, personally, have a medical condition that requires reduction of course load. This process needs a letter from a doctor, explaining the reason. Fill out the form Reduce Course Load:
- Be aware that F-1 students are allowed to work only on campus for maximum of 20 hours per week. See Available positions.
- In order to obtain employment authorization for an off-campus job, you will need to be approved by your designated school official and USCIS.
When traveling outside of the USA, make sure you take following documents:
- Your current I-20 with a travel signature by a DSO on the second page; for a signature, please visit Recruitment and Admissions Office. No appointment required.
- Valid passport
- Valid F-1 visa
- Signed I-20 (travel endorsed on the second page)
Other things to remember:
Health plan: it is preferable for all international students to have medical health insurance. Medical treatment is expensive in the USA. Insurance providers.
Payment: please make sure payment of tuition fees, books and living cost are all taken care of. Contact Bursar’s Office by calling 405-682-7825 for additional information.