Requirements for Maintaining F-1 Status
Information for students on how to maintain valid F-1 Status.
Maintaining Status Requirements
While studying in the United States, it is the responsibility of the individual visa holder to maintain valid status assigned at the port of entry and determined by the visa classification which includes:
- Fulfilling the purpose for why the Department of State issued the student visa
- Following the regulations associated with that purpose.
The designated school official (DSO), located in International Services is available to provide regulatory guidance to international students and scholars. The DSO is also responsible for specific reporting requirements which include necessary updates and maintenance of each student record in SEVIS.
Students should contact the following for guidance relating to F-1 student status maintenance, or visit the SEVP Maintaining Status website.
International Student Responsibilities
The individual student is responsible for each of the following status requirements in order to maintain valid F-1 status.
- After arrival at school, the student must contact the DSO, no later than the program start date listed on Form I-20 by emailing email@example.com.
- The student must complete the immigration check-in through the International Services Portal, located in eCampus in order to have their SEVIS record registered.
- While studying in the United States, international students must attend and pass all classes. If school is too difficult, speak with your DSO, located in International Services immediately.
- If the student believes that they will be unable to complete their program by the end date listed on the Form I-20, request a program extension through the International Services Portal prior to the program end date listed on the Form I-20.
- International Students must enroll in a “full course of study” each academic semester except during official school breaks, or unless approved under a specific exception, in advance, by the DSO.
- Do not drop a class without first speaking with your DSO.
Employment and Practical Training
- A student may only work when authorized by a DSO in some cases, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in others.
If a student chooses to work without authorization, the student will be forced to leave the United States immediately, and may not be able to re-enter the United States at a later date.
- F-1 students are eligible for curricular practical training (CPT) at either the undergraduate or the graduate level during the program of study. CPT employment must be an integral part of an established curriculum and the position must directly relate to your major area of study. The DSO can provide the school’s policy on this option.
- F-1 students are also eligible for optional practical training during or following the program of study. OPT is a form of temporary employment that directly relates to the student’s program of study.
Upon Program Completion
- Once the student completes the program of study and any authorized period of practical training, F students have 60 days after completion of the program (the program end date on your Form I-20) to leave the United States.
- For students who wish to extend their stay in the United States, they must speak with the DSO to learn more about doing one of the following:
Students must also report a change of address to the DSO within 10 days of the change, so that SEVIS can be updated.
Academic Progress Requirements
In order to maintain valid F-1 status, the student must make normal progress towards the program of study indicated on Form I-20 and prior to the expiration of the program completion date on the Form I-20. If any information on the form I-20 changes, it is the students responsibility to meet with the Designated School Official to appropriately update the information and form I-20.
- Students who need additional time to complete their academic program are responsible for filing a timely program extension application with international services. This must be done prior to the program completion date listed on form I-20.
Practical Training Opportunities and Employment
An international student may only work when authorized by a DSO in some cases, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in others. If you choose to work without authorization, you will be in violation of your status and forced to leave the United States immediately, and you may not be able to re-enter the United States at a later date.
Academic Training Opportunities and Internships
F students are eligible for curricular practical training (CPT) at either the undergraduate or the graduate level during the program of study. CPT employment must be an integral part of an established curriculum and the position must directly relate to your major area of study.
Optional Practical Training
F students are also eligible for optional practical training during or following the program of study. OPT is a form of temporary employment that directly relates to your program of study.
On Campus Employment Opportunities
International students maintaining valid F-1 status are permitted to work on the Adelphi University campus while maintaining a valid I-20 and enrolled in a full course of study. Employment is limited to 20 hours per week while school is in session and 40 hours per week during official school breaks. Please note that in all University offices, summer employment is limited to 27 hours per week as a University policy for all student positions.