IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING THE STATUS
As a foreign student, it is essential to adhere to certain regulations connected with your status as F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status. Given here are a few things which you will be able to do in order to assist in maintaining your status:
- Take care not to get expired your immigration documents
You need to watch out the expiry date mentioned on your I-20 or DS-2019. In case you are unable to finish your studies by the stipulated date, then, you should make a request for the extension of your document prior to its expiration. The application documents for F-1 as well as J-1 program extension are accessible at ISSS. Support students must keep in touch with their J-1 Program Officer for program extension application and related instructions.
- Maintain your passport current
Similar to the case regarding your documents for your immigration, you ought to maintain your passport current always. You need to keep in touch with your native country consulate or your country embassy for details for the extension of the legality of your passport.
- Enroll for a full course of study
Generally, you must plan to enroll for a 12 credit hours during the fall as well as spring semesters. Summer enrolment is not obligatory, if you do not begin or finish your studies in summer. Click here for further information on this aspect.
- Try not to work without approval
Always, you are required to access permission to do work, even if it is for on-campus employment at your School or in a University. In case you are employed off-campus on a F1 Status, then you must have CPT or OPT EAD. Keep in touch with your International Student Officer to get to know more relating to the work approval.
- Remember not to work for not more than 20 hours every week while the Fall and Spring semesters
In certain situations, you may get entitled to do work for over 20 hours each week. Yet, you must discuss with the ISSS staff member for further information.
- Inform your home address not later than 10 days after your shifting your residence
The F-1 as well as UIUC-supported J-1 students can do so by making current the UI Integrate to indicate the latest home address. The J-1 students who are supported by an outside organization should keep in touch with the J-1 sponsor of the program for instructions. You need to take a note that you are required to offer the address of the place you reside - P.O. box NO. or the address of the office!
- Adhere to the transfer processes in case you wish to start a new program of study, shift the area of study, or enroll in a different school
You need to contact a staff member at the ISSS before the change, to decide what you need to do. All the time, you are required to consult your ISSS in case you have any queries relating to keeping up your status.