Maintaining Status as an International Student

Important requirements govern your ongoing status as an International Student. You must maintain these requirements throughout your program of study. If you violate the requirements of your status as an international student, you may jeopardize your ability to remain in the United States.


Form I-20 for Travel Back Home
In order to maintain International Student Status, each time you travel home you will need to have your Form I-20 signed by your Designated School Official (DSO). And you will need your Form I-20, with the DSO signature, in order to legally return to the United States.


Examples of Violations of International Student Status 

  • Failure to enroll by the date specified by your school program.

  • Unauthorized employment during your stay. The opportunity for work-study is not available to International Students. Unauthorized work is allowed by USCIS/ICE.

  • Failure to maintain a full course load without prior authorization for a reduction from your DSO.

  • Failure to report a legal name or address change to USCIS within 10 days of the change. Report changes to the DSO IMMEDIATELY.

  • Failure to make normal progress toward completing the course of study. Dropping below a Cumulative GPA of 2.0 is considered failure of normal academic progress.

  • Failure to leave the United States following completion of your course, exchange visitor program, or program-related employment. USCIS only allows international students 60 days after program completion.

  • Disciplinary action against an International Student, as a result misconduct or criminal behavior, includes, but is not limited to, having Form I-20 revoked.

For more info, contact the DSO office.