F-1 Student Responsibilities

F-1 Visa Students’ Responsibilities to Maintain Visa Status

(as required by U.S. Dept. of State regulations)

  • Enroll in a full course of study at the beginning of every session (at least 12 credits) (excluding authorized break periods/vacations)
    • Only 1 online course allowed per term; NO online courses allowed during final term
    • A Reduced Course Load (RCL) below 12 credits is only permissible during the final term of the program of study, and with permission from the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), the GEO Director
  • Consult with the PDSO (GEO Director) before dropping below a full course of study for any reason 
  • Report address changes to the PDSO within 10 days of the change
  • Report any change in sources of financial support to the PDSO 
  • Seek the approval of the PDSO/USCIS before engaging in employment or practical training/ internship
  • Report any changes in program of study to the PDSO
  • Report any change in academic status to the PDSO
  • Notify the DSO or PDSO prior to traveling outside the United States for a travel signature on the I-20 or DS-2019
  • Notify the PDSO upon applying for change of non-immigration status 
  • Notify the PDSO upon approval of an adjustment of status to “immigrant status”
  • Consult with the PDSO to extend their program 
  • Notify the PDSO if they intend to transfer
  • Notify the PDSO about changes in dependent status