Read the following rules very carefully. Following these regulations will help you maintain your legal F-1 visa status and avoid any future difficulties.
Keep your passport valid at all times. Contact your Embassy in the U.S. to request renewal at least six months before it expire.
Also, review the I-20 on a regular basis and notify the International Student Office immediately about any changes in your major, degree level, or financial support. Also notify International Programs about any name changes, errors, or misspellings on the I-20.
Register for at least 12 credits of courses each spring and fall semester. Of this course load, only 3 credits per semester can be online classes.
If you move to another address, you must notify International Student Office within 10 days of the move. The change will be effected in SEVIS.
You must complete your degree by the date listed on your I-20 or apply for an extension at least 30-60 days before your completion date. See I-20 extension information. See I-20 extension information.
If you have been accepted to another university/institution, you must submit specific documents in order to transfer your SEVIS record (I-20) to your new university/institution. See Transfer SEVIS Record (I-20).
Be sure before you leave the United States that the F-1 visa is valid. If your visa has expired, you will have to apply for a new one overseas before you will be able to re-enter the U.S. Also be sure to have your I-20 endorsed for travel by International Student Office. Travel outside the U.S.
You are permitted to work on campus part time (no more than 20 hours a week) during the semester and full time during vacation periods. Off-campus employment is prohibited without prior authorization. See employment guidelines.
An F-1 visa international student at Austin Community College (ACC) must review and complete certain requirements to obtain approval to concurrently enroll (co-enroll) in classes at another college or university while maintaining a SEVIS record (I-20) with ACC. An F-1 student must not co-enroll at another institution without prior approval from the ACC International Student Office (ISO). See Current ACC Students F-1 Co-Enrollment Authorization information.
An international student who fails to maintain their immigration status may be reinstated to valid F-1 status at the discretion of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), or by completing a re-entry.