Maintaining F-1 Status
The purpose of this section is to help you become aware and follow the regulations. International Student Services is prepared to answer your questions or check with the proper authorities. Please be aware, however, it is your responsibility to abide by the laws and regulations affecting your status and not International Student Services’ job to keep your status in good standing. Your status is clearly your responsibility and no one else’s.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice and
the U.S. Department of State (DOS), are responsible for enforcing the immigration
regulations and not International Student Services (ISS). ISS is available to assist
you, when we can. You may visit the DHS website to check the latest regulations and/or download many of the DHS forms.
DHS’s system Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (known as SEVIS), is an internet-based system that gives DHS a real-time student tracking system. This means that DHS will know, in a very real and timely way, where students are and what academic activities they are engaged in. What this also means, is that this system will be making status determinations and not allowing ISS staff to determine nor intervene in your status.
Medical Course Load
Requirements and Restrictions
- Medical reduced course load can only be authorized one semester at a time
- A student wishing to request medical reduced course load for more than one semester must submit an updated request each semester to the ISS office for approval.
- Medical reduced course load must be approved by the ISS office before a student reduces their course load.
- A student is allowed a maximum of 12 months of medical reduced course load per degree level.
- Students must request a medical reduced course load by the last day of the semester in which you wish to be enrolled less than full time.
- Important note to students who are pregnant: A normal pregnancy and delivery are not medical conditions warranting reduced course load. If you are having a normal pregnancy or delivery with no other medical complications, the ISS office will not authorize reduced course load. If you have a medical complication or condition outside of a normal pregnancy or delivery, your doctor may recommend medical reduced course load.
MEDICAL REDUCED COURSE LOAD STEPS
for medical reduced course load.
if you are not sure whether your case will qualify.
to substantiate your medical condition.
for review and approval.
once the ISS office has approved you for medical reduced course load.
Medical Professional: Letter Requirements
The letter must be printed on clinic/health care facility letterhead. It should include:
- Student’s full name
- Date(s) the student was seen regarding the medical condition
- How it impact the student's ability to maintain full-time enrollment
- Duration of treatment/recovery
- A recommendation for a reduced course load (or no course load)
- The recommended start date of the reduced course load
- Medical professional's original signature and title
Applying for Driver's License
You should take the following documents when you apply for a driver's license:
- Active I-20 Form
- Visa and Passport
- Letter from International Student Services (ISS)
- Driver's License from home country (if applicable)
- 2 proofs of residence
Social Security Number (SSN)
Reasons for needing a SSN:
For questions/more information, please contact:
Kaylie Ackerman, Student Employment Coordinator
How to find a job
- All student jobs are posted on the Student Job Board.
- International Students may ONLY work on campus. All jobs on the online Student Job Board are considered on campus.
International students can work up to 20 hours per week during the school year. During the summer, international students can work up to 38 hours per week.
Full-Time Course of Study
Undergraduate students should satisfactorily complete a minimum of twelve credit hours per semester to fulfill DHS visa requirements. Normally, however, your program will require more than twelve credits per semester to complete your program in the recommended time frame.
Graduate students should satisfactorily complete a minimum of nine credit hours per semester to fulfill DHS requirements.
Exceptions to a full-time course load must be cleared through ISS in advance of registering. Some academic, family, or health reasons may allow a load variance but will require proper documentation. Failure to enroll for full-time study may jeopardize your status with the DHS, including the loss of benefits (e.g. on-campus work and/or practical training) to which you are normally entitled.
Only one (3 credit) online class can count toward a full course of study for an F-1 student during each semester. If a student is enrolled in over 12 credits, they can enroll in additional online classes as long as they still meet the full-time requirement.