To Maintain Your F-1 Student Status
(adapted from NAFSA Professional Practice Workshop: F-1 Regulations)
Please visit Office of International Student Services at the start of each new semester so that we may confirm your registration in SEVIS, the shared database which the U.S. government and colleges & universities use to track international students.
If you have a Form I-20 issued by Monroe College, you must be attending attend Monroe College. Keep in mind, excessive absences in your classes mean that you are not attending and are thereby jeopardizing your status.
You must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits for undergraduates and at least 9 credits for graduate students) unless you have been approved by the Office of International Student Services for an authorized semester off or you are on full-time OPT. Any exceptions must be approved by the Office of International Student Services in advance.
Each semester you are expected to maintain a minimum GPA in accordance with the college's policies. Failing grades, repeated withdrawals, poor attendance and similar issues may jeopardize your status.
Check the end date on the first page of your Form I-20. If you will not complete your degree by this date, you must apply for an extension from International Student Services at least one month in advance.
Many students don't realize that they must also apply for a new Form I-20 if their original source of funding for tuition & expenses has changed. This regulation emphasizes the importance of communicating with your sponsors and planning ahead.
If you intend to transfer to another school, let the International Student Services Office know your intentions well before you plan to leave so that we may provide you with the necessary paperwork to transfer your SEVIS record to your new school.
Don’t assume that the expiration date on your visa gives you legal standing in the U.S. for the duration of your visa. When you complete your program of study or OPT, there is a 60 day grace period before your status is completed. You must maintain your F-1 status at all times.
Report any changes of address or phone number to Office of International Student Services within 10 days. If we attempt to reach you, you must respond.
Some students may have special requirements they must follow which are set forth by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
If your passport will expire, apply for a new one from your country’s consulate in the U.S. at least six months in advance of your passport’s expiration date.
All F-1 student employment must first be authorized through International Student Services before beginning any type of employment.
Do not overstay your legal status. Doing so may jeopardize your ability to return to the U.S. on any type of visa.
For advisement on these and other F-1 regulations, please contact the Office of International Student Services
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