SEVIS Advising

U.S. federal government regulations require international students to maintain F-1 student status while studying. It is your responsibility to be aware of the factors that impact your legal status and make sure you remain compliant. Non-compliance can be a very serious matter with severe consequences.

While the responsibility for maintaining compliance is yours, the Office of International Programs & Global Education is here to help you navigate the complexities of U.S. government regulations and procedures. This section will assist you by providing key information for maintaining your student status.

Full-Time Enrollment

You must maintain full-time enrollment each academic quarter (except during designated vacation periods) and make normal progress toward the completion of your program of study. Full-time enrollment is defined as follows: 

  • Undergraduate students: 12+ credits during each quarter
  • Intensive English Program students: 18+ credit hours each quarter

Change of Address/Email/Phone Number

You must update the International Office within 10 days of any change. To update the International Office, complete a Student Information Update Form or stop by the International Office front desk.

Extension of Program

If you are unable to complete your program of study before the program end date on your Form I-20, you must apply for an extension of stay with the International Office at least 30 days before the program end date on your Form I-20. You may be granted an extension if you have maintained status and show that the completion delay has been caused by academic or medical reasons, such as changes of major or research topic, unexpected research problems, or documented illness. Delays caused by academic probation or suspension are not acceptable reasons for program extensions.