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As a student on the F-1 visa, it is your responsibility to maintain your immigration status during your time in the United States.

What is a Visa?

A visa is an official stamp or endorsement in a passport issued by a government. The visa indicates that the visa holder is allowed to enter, leave, or remain in the country of issuance.

How to Maintain Status

  • Upon your initial arrival, provide a copy of your valid passport ID page, F-1 visa and I-94 record so that we can register you in SEVIS

  • Maintain at least 12 credits in spring and fall semester and 3 credits in wintersession.

  • Request an updated I-20 if you have changed your major, program completion date, name, citizenship, etc.

  • Any changes to your major, address, name, citizenship, etc must be reported to ISSA within 10 days.

  • Keep your passport valid AT ALL TIMES.

  • Know your program completion date and make sure your I-20 end date matches. If you need to extend your date for your program, you must start the process with ISSA before the I-20 end date.

  • You cannot legally work / volunteer in the United States without the appropriate work authorization. See the Employment page for more information.

  • Do not drop below full-time (12 credits) without consulting an international student advisor.

  • Notify ISSA if you change your address, wish to take a leave of absence or transfer to another school.

Maintaining status is your responsibility! ...Read Page 3 of your I-20 and visit Study in the States at: for more information

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