Immigration and Visa

F-1 Visa Information

The United States Department of Homeland Security or "DHS" is responsible for all non-immigrants visiting or residing in the U.S. DHS administers the various laws on immigration, which are passed by Congress and signed into law by the President of the United States. Immigration law classifies individuals by the main purpose for which they enter this country. Aside from those admitted as immigrants, or "Permanent Residents," there are many nonimmigrant categories.

Your Responsibilities as an F-1 Student

As a student at Hawai‘i Pacific University, we want you to be aware of your rights as well as your responsibilities. Students and scholars are responsible for knowing the legal regulations which relate to their stay in the U.S. and abiding by those rules.  

You are responsible for:

  • Keeping your passport valid.   We are here to assist you in any way we can. Another reference for your use is the International Student Handbook. It is available online by clicking on the link above or by going onto HPU Pipeline.

  • Requesting extensions of your stay as necessary.

  • Informing the university of your current address.

  • Keeping your I-20 current.

  • Meeting any other requirements for maintaining legal status in the U.S.

Although a friend may have received assistance about a similar immigration concern, their situation may not be exactly like yours. Do not trust information you hear from another student or from unreliable sources, as there may be minor technicalities that were left out that could cause problems for you.

As a student in F-1 status, here are some of your responsibilities:
  • Attending the school authorized on your I-20.

  • Registering full-time in main semesters (Fall and Spring): Undergraduates must be registered for twelve (12) credits, of which nine (9) credits must be in-class courses; graduate students must be registered for nine (9) credits, of which six (6)mustbe in-class courses. Registering for less-than full-time MUST be authorized by an International Student Advisor (ISA). 

  • Maintaining good academic standing and making normal forward progress towards the completion of a degree. Undergraduates should maintain a GPA of 2.0 and graduates should maintain a GPA of 3.0.

  • Keeping all documents current (Passport and I-20).

  • Engaging in employment off-campus ONLY if authorized by a Designated School Official (DSO) from International Student Services.

Additional information regarding the rules and regulations above can be found in various sections of the ISS Web pages.

For more information please contact:
International Student Services
1164 Bishop Street # 200
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 356-5299