Maintaining Student Status
F-1 students are responsible for understanding the terms of their lawful immigration status and maintaining compliance with those terms. A violation of U.S. federal regulations could jeopardize your immigration status and your continued stay in the U.S. Please read the following information carefully and contact the International Student & Scholar Adviser if you have questions.
- Form I-20
- Form I-94
- Class of Admission: F-1
- Admit Until Date: D/S
Report to the DSO within 30 days of your Program Start Date (see "PROGRAM OF STUDY" on Form I-20). Students with Transfer I-20s must report to the DSO within 15 days. Students in "Initial" status must be registered in SEVIS by the DSO no more than 30 days after the Program Start Date. Students must be registered in SEVIS each semester, no more than 30 days after the start of the academic session.
For "Initial" entries, the school listed on the F-1 visa and the Form I-20 must be the same, and must be the school you plan to attend. Transfer I-20s may use a valid F-1 visa from a previous institution.
- Pursue a full course of study at the school listed on your current, valid Form I-20 every semester, except during official school breaks or with advance approval from the DSO. A full course of study at Whitman College comprises a minimum of 12 credits.
- Make normal progress toward completing your course of study, by completing your studies before the expiration of the Program End Date on your Form I-20. Normal academic progress requires an average of 15-16 credits per semester.
Notify the DSO of a change of your address or your legal name within 10 days of the change.
Follow proper procedures to apply in advance for an extension of your program, change in educational level (e.g. Bachelor to Master) or program of study, and transfer of school (see DSO).
- Abide by F-1 visa grace period rules (see DSO).
- Obtain a travel endorsement from the DSO on your Form I-20 before departing the U.S.
- Abide by any special requirements, such as Special Registration requirements.
- Abide by rules requiring disclosure of information and prohibition on criminal activity.
- Engage in only authorized employment. When class is in session, students may work up to 20 hours weekly on campus (see DSO with questions).
- Refrain from off-campus employment unless specifically authorized in advance (see DSO).
- Abide by aggregate unemployment rules during post-completion Optional Practical Training (see DSO).