Maintaining F-1 Status

 
It is extremely important for a nonimmigrant to maintain his or her status while in the United States. Failure to maintain the terms and conditions of nonimmigrant status is a ground for deportation from the United States.
 
To maintain F-1 status, you must:
 
  • ​Report to the ISP office to have your SEVIS record Registered in SEVIS in a timely fashion: no later than 30 days after the program start date on your I-20 (new students in Initial SEVIS status); and each semester thereafter, no later than 30 days after the start date each semester (continuing students).

  • For the first entry for initial school attendance, the school listed on the visa and on the I-20 must be the same, and that is the school the student must intend to attend.

  • Pursue a "full course of study" at the school listed on the currently valid Form I-20 during every academic semester except during official school breaks, or unless approved under a specific exception, in advance, by the ISP office.

  • Make normal progress towards completing the course of study, by completing studies before the expiration of the program completion date on Form I-20.

  • Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for extension of stay.

  • Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for change in majors of study.

  • Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for transfer of schools.

  • Abide by the F-1 grace period rules.

  • Report a change of address (both in the U.S. and in home country) to the ISP office within 10 days of the change, so that SEVIS can be updated.

  • Abide by rules requiring disclosure of information and prohibition on criminal activity.

  • Abide by any special requirements, such as Special Registration requirements.

  • Not Work, either on or off-campus, unless specifically authorized under the regulations.
 
Also, information on "Maintaining F-1 Status" is available in various languages in Study in the States - Maintaining Status. 
 

FULL COURSE LOAD REQUIREMENTS AND LATE START CLASSES
Students are required to properly manage their course load as part of maintaining compliance with their student visa status.
 
Full Course Load:
Students are required to be in a full course load. A full course load (FCL) is defined both by Federal law and by the institution that sponsors the student visa. At College of the Canyons, a full course load during Fall and Spring semesters is 9 units of in-class or hybrid sections and at least 3 other units for a total of 12 units. Please contact the ISP office for information concerning a full course load for Summer and Winter terms. Although rarely approved, with guidance from an ISP counselor a student may petition for a reduced course load (RCL) under certain special circumstances.
 
Late Start Classes:
Students must be enrolled in at least 6 units of on campus or hybrid classes at all times throughout the entire Fall and Spring semesters. 
 
Part Time Students
           
  • Concurrent enrollment
    F-1 regulations allow an F-1 student to be enrolled in two different SEVIS-approved schools at the same time (concurrent enrollment), as long as the enrollment in both schools amounts to a full-time course of study.
    • A student should ask for a Reduced Course Load (RCL) authorization to the ISP office, and bring a registration record at the beginning of the semester, and a grade report at the end of the semester, from another school. Otherwise, a student's RCL will be reported to SEVIS as "Failure to maintain F-1 status."

    • The concurrent enrollment provision is applicable only to those who will be registered less than full-time at the school that issued their I-20, and who are relying on enrollment at another school in order to meet the requirement that they be enrolled for a full course of study. As long as a student is enrolled full-time at the institution that issued his or her Form I-20, he or she does not need special permission to take an additional class at another school.

 
Please also check the official USCIS information in various languages in Study in the States - Full Course of Study

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