Office of International Programs

Maintaining Your Status

All students holding F or J visas are required by law to do the following in order to maintain valid status:

1.   Always notify the Office of International Programs of any change in address or phone number within 10 days of any changes. You can submit any changes in address via the International Exchange website.

2.    Always carry a full credit load of courses. This means 9 credits minimum for graduate students and 12 credits minimum for undergraduate students each semester. You are not required to enroll in summer courses.

A special note about online courses:  International students are only allowed to count 1 (ONE) online course toward their full time enrollment. So taking 2 online courses will only count as 1 course for immigration purposes. If you have questions about this regulation please talk with the International Office before you finalize your course registration.

3.   Never work illegally
. This is a serious violation of the F and J immigration status. Anytime you have a work opportunity, be sure to discuss it in advance with Kimberly in the in the International Office to request proper authorization.

4.   Always be sure that your passport is valid, and the date in Item #5 of your I-20 (completion date of students) or ending date on your DS-2019 has not passed.