Maintaining Legal F-1 Status

To maintain a legal F-1 status, the student must follow the Immigration regulations as outlined below.

F-1 students must have: 

·  A valid Form I-20

·  A valid passport

·  A full-time course load

Undergraduates need to have 12 credit hours per semester

Graduates need to have 9 credit hours per semester

English Language Institute students need to have 18 credit hours per semester

For employment, F-1 students are: 

·  Allowed to work on campus up to 20 hours per week per semester

·  Allowed to work on campus up to 40 hours per week during summer or winter vacation

·  Not allowed to work off campus without proper authorization

·  Eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) **ELI students not eligible

·  Eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) **ELI students not eligible

·  Eligible for Employment Authorization (based on severe economic hardship) **ELI students not eligible

Lastly, F-1 students must: 

·  Report a change of address to International Student Services within 10 days

·  Follow USCIS procedures for transferring to another USCIS approved university or college

·  Follow USCIS procedures for moving from one program or educational level to another, such as changing from a Bachelor's degree to a Master's degree. 

·  Maintain a check up on the expiration date on the Form I-20

It is your responsibility to know and comply with all immigration regulations affecting your visa status.

Failure to comply with these regulations will mean the LOSS of your F-1 student status

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