Federal regulations require that all current F-1 students maintain status throughout the duration of their course of study, while inside the U.S. It is your responsibility to know the rules and regulations for maintaining your status as an F-1 student. Failure to comply with F-1 regulations may result in the termination of your F-1 status and loss of future eligibility to enter the U.S. Below is information on what you need to do to maintain your status as an F-1 student.

Staying in Status

  • Maintain a valid passport; you must renew 6 months prior to its expiration date
  • Attend the school specifically authorized on your current I-20
  • Maintain a full course of study and make normal academic progress toward completion of your degree program
  • Report any change in data (i.e. degree, student status, financial support, etc.) to ISS for SEVIS registration via the Forms Page
  • Update your U.S. address within 10 days of moving 
  • File timely extension, transfer, or change of status requests
  • Notify the International Students Services unit of any new visa status of pending Permanent Residence Application
  • Follow regulations on employment
  • Obey state and federal laws
  • Depart from the US in a timely manner, within 60 days following graduation, or within 30 days following withdrawal from the program without graduation
  • Notify the International Student Services unit if you leave the US to skip a semester, withdrawing during the semester, or if you are leaving the program permanently