F-1 Status

To maintain lawful status, an F-1 student must:

  • Attend the mandatory immigration check-in and orientation at the Kearney Center
  • Attend the university you are authorized to attend
  • Complete a timely SEVIS transfer when necessary
  • Be in good academic standing and make normal progress towards an academic degree
  • Extend your I-20 before it expires if you are unable to complete your academic program by the original program end date
  • Update your I-20 according to federal regulations if you change your academic program or level
  • Undergraduate students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits each fall and spring semester while graduate students must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits each fall and spring semester
  • Suspension, dismissal, enrollment withheld, expulsion, or any other similar action preventing your enrollment may have effect on your legal immigration status. See your immigration advisor in the Kearney Center.
  • Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours/week during the academic year and 40 hours/week during breaks and summer
  • Must have proper employment authorization at all times
  • Maintain a current passport. It must be valid for at least 6 months into the future when you return to the U.S.
  • Maintain health insurance coverage