Maintaining Status


  1. Do maintain full-time enrollment status at all times;
  2. Undergraduate and graduate students need to be registered for a minimum of 12 credits to retain "full-time" status. Under certain circumstances, if you have a teaching or graduate assistantship or are a research student pursuing only research credits, you may be allowed to register for fewer credits to be in full-time status. Please confirm with ISSS office if you need any clarifications.
    Note: No more than one course or 3 credits of online/distance education per academic term may counted toward the full time enrollment requirement
  3. Do make note of the expiration date of your passport, I-20, Visa and ensure that proper extensions are made in time;
  4. Do follow Immigration transfer procedures when changing programs or schools;
  5. Do keep your I-20 or DS-2019 form up to date;
  6. Do seek extension of stay before your I-20 or DS-2019 expires;
    If you need more time to finish your educational program, be sure to take care of this within the 30 day period before current expiration of I-20 or DS-2019.
  7. Do obtain the signature of a DSO (Designated School Official) in ISSS on your I-20 or DS-2019 before you leave the U.S. (that is if you plan to reenter the U.S. in the same status);
  8. Do expect a wait of at least 5 working days for ISSS to process your documents.

Do Not

  1. Do Not lose your documents. Make photocopies of everything because it makes replacement easier if you do lose them!
  2. Do Not rely on information from other students when it comes to USCIS, Immigration and Visa matters!
  3. Do Not work without the appropriate employment authorization!