F-1 Status Maintenance
Requirements for international students on how to maintain valid F-1 Status.
While studying at Adelphi, you must follow a specific set of rules, depending on your visa type and educational level to maintain your student status. Your F-1 status relates to your educational studies and you should not take any action that detracts from that purpose as this may cause a violation of status, resulting in the termination of your SEVIS record and an interruption in your studies.
International Student Support
International Services, the only place where you can find your Designated School Official, commonly referred to as your DSO, is available to provide essential advising and immigration support to international students. International Services is located in Post Hall, Suite 200 and are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (516) 877-4990.
Maintaining your status means fulfilling the purpose of the F-1 student visa and following the regulations associated with that purpose. Use the resources below, along with your Student Status Guide to learn how to maintain your student status.
Arrival and Reporting Requirements
- Enter the United States no more than 30 days before your program of study begins.
- Arrive at Adelphi prior to the first day of classes or your program start date.
- Report to the DSO and complete immigration check-in.
- Report a change of address to the DSO within 10 days of the change.
- Follow all procedures related to Transferring to Another School
- Attend all classes and maintain normal academic progress.
- If school is too difficult, speak with your DSO immediately.
- Maintain Full Course of Study Requirements each academic term.
- Complete your academic program before the expiration of the Form I-20.
- Keep Form I-20 valid by following proper procedures for a Program Extension
- Follow all procedures related to Program Progression
Employment and Practical Training
- Follow all rules which govern Employment Options
- Work only when authorized by the DSO through On-Campus Employment
- Work only when authorized by the DSO through Curricular Practical Training
- Work only when authorized by USCIS for Optional Practical Training
Duration of Status and Grace Periods
- 60-day grace period following program completion/authorized post-completion OPT.
- 15-day grace period following an authorized early withdrawal approved by DSO.
- Students who fail to maintain status are not eligible for any grace period.