F-1 Students

As an international student under F-1 visa, you must follow specific U.S. federal immigration regulations that pertain to the F-1 category. Students are legally responsible for maintaining their own status by learning, understanding, and complying with U.S. laws and regulations that apply to you. If you are unsure how to maintain your status, consult with an OISS advisor. Your failure to be aware of and comply with these regulations could jeopardize your academic plans.

Student Responsibility Checklist

  • Be in good academic standing and make satisfactory academic progress. Suspension, dismissal, or any other similar action which prevents enrollment may have an effect on legal immigration status. See an international student advisor at OISS.

  • Extend the I-20 prior to its expiration date if unable to complete academic program by original expiration date.

  • In the event of change of academic program or level, update the I-20 in a timely fashion.

  • Maintain full-time enrollment during the academic year (Fall and Spring).

  • Limit on-campus employment to 20 hours per week during academic year. 

  • Do not work off-campus without authorization.

  • Keep your passport valid at all times. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months into the future on the day you return to the U.S. from a trip abroad.

  • Maintain health insurance coverage.

  • Notify the OISS if you leave the program before the end date of your I-20.

  • If your permanent or current address changes, update you address through Pipeline within 10 business days.

  • Check your HPU email regularly for updates from the OISS and read those OISS emails carefully. Follow up on these emails as necessary.

  • Ask an International Student Advisor any questions you may have regarding your immigration status or regulations.