In order to
maintain your F-1 student status, there are a few rules you must follow. A
student can easily lose their status if they do not follow these guidelines
set up by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- You must be registered for 12 credits
during the fall and spring semesters. Summer registration is optional and
students may register for fewer than 12 credits if they take summer
- Students are permitted to withdraw from
courses and still remain in status as long as the student withdraws from
their course between the third week of class and the ninth week of class
and they still are enrolled in at least 12 credits,
they will remain in status. To withdraw from a class, the student must
pick up a withdrawal form from the Registrar’s office and bring it to the
Office of Foreign and International Student Services.
- As an International Student, you cannot
work off-campus unless you have authorization from the international
student advisor and follow the guidelines for curricular practical
training, optional practical training or extreme hardship. To discuss
these possible options you must make an appointment with OFISS. If you
accept employment off-campus without authorization, you risk losing your
international student status and being deported for violating this status.
- You must maintain at least a 2.0
cumulative grade point average throughout your enrollment. If you are
placed on probation, it is a warning that academically you may be
dismissed. If you are academically dismissed, you may lose your student
status. If you are placed on probation or academic dismissal, you should
make an appointment with the international student advisor as soon as
- If and when you transfer, you must
complete the transfer process within 30 days of the first day of
class. Delays in turning in documents including the Transfer
Recommendation Form will lead to the student falling out of status.