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Maintenance of F-1 Status

Specific information relating to maintaining lawful F-1 status may be found through the below links:

Form I-20 | Form I-94 | Passport Validity | Enrollment
Employment
| Program Length | Grace Period

Broadly, maintenance of status is the responsibility of every student. No student should expect the ISO to monitor expirations or to be independently notified of any changes impacting status. The ISO is obligated to inform the U.S. government through SEVIS of any changes to an F-1 student's status. Students must notify the ISO if they experience any of the following:

  • Address changes (SIS for local address change and for foreign permanent address change)
  • Change of major
  • Degree level change
  • Transfer
  • Graduation date change (Change in date of completion of studies)
  • Change in period of study
  • Change in OPT employment
  • Change in CPT employment
  • Change in dependents
  • Terminations or Leaves of Absence including medical (Prior ISO authorization required.)
  • Any drops below full-time status (12 credit/hours per spring/fall semester for undergraduates; 12 credit/hours per spring/fall semester for graduates; full time in summer required (6 credit hours) if this summer is first or last semester of enrollment. ISO authorization is required prior to any drop below full-time status.
  • Disciplinary action
  • Suspensions/expulsions
  • Felony convictions

Note that the above list is not necessarily comprehensive. Students should contact the ISO if there is any question about maintenance of status. For changes impacting your Form I-20, please complete the I-20 Request Form.