Staying in Status
How Do I Stay in Status
- Enroll in a minimum of 12 (undergraduate) or 9 (graduate) new credits each semester. If you plan to enroll in fewer credits due to special circumstances, you must first come to OISS to apply for a reduced course load. Classes that are audited or repeated are not included in the 12 or 9 credits necessary to satisfy Immigration and Naturalization Service (USCIS) requirements.
Reduced Course Load Form
- Keep your I-20 up-to-date. If your I-20 is going to expire before you complete your program, apply for a program extension, or change your major a new I-20 is required before your document expires. Please complete and submit an I-20 Request Form at the OISS.
- Inform OISS and Admissions and Records each time your address and phone number changes.
For additional information about changing your address and phone number, visit Admissions and Records. To notify OISS of an address or phone number change, please email us at email@example.com
- Purchase university health insurance each semester.
More information about health care and insurance, please refer to our health page.
- File a tax return yearly. OISS offers workshops in March to help you complete the forms. For more information about taxes, please refer to our tax page.
Every semester, OISS completes an audit of international student records and contacts them if necessary. However, it is the student's responsibility to notify OISS as soon as they "fall out of status."