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.

For a list of scheduled employment and immigration workshops, click here.

How to Maintain Status

  • Upon your initial arrival, provide a copy of your 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.

  • know your program completion date and make sure your I-20 end date matches. If you need to extend your stay, start the process before the I-20 end date.

  • do not work / volunteer without authorization. See the Employment page for more information.

  • do not drop below full-time without consulting an international student advisor.

  • Notify OISS 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

Contact Us:

(Tel) 401.277.4957

(Fax) 401.454.6605

Email Inquiries:


210 Benefit Street, Room 304

Providence, RI 02903

Mailing Address:


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Providence, RI 02903


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