Center for International Education

Maintaining Student Visitor Status

F-1 Students and J-1 exchange visitors are responsible to know and follow all immigration regulations. Failure to maintain your status, or comply with these regulations, may have very severe consequences for your ability to study, seek employment, or even remain in the United States.

Please carefully review the list below of requirements and contact the Center for International Education if you have any questions about these regulations. These regulations may vary slightly between F-1 and J-1 status. More in depth regulations can be found by looking at links on our “useful links” page. We suggest that you review this information each semester to refresh your memory, as these regulations are very important to follow.

Keep your documents valid and unexpired
Register for and complete a full course load
Do not accept any employment without authorization
Once you complete your studies, you must leave the U.S., transfer, enroll in a higher degree, or change your status
Contact us if there are changes to your personal or academic situation
Understanding SEVIS