Maintaining F-1 Status
You are responsible for maintaining your immigration status. If you don't understand or have questions about immigration regulations, visit the International Programs Office for support. Here is some key information about maintaining your status.
- Complete your degree by the program end date on your I-20 or request a program extension.
- Obtain a new I-20 when you change your major.
- Obtain proper work authorization on I-20 if working off-campus.
- Update address and phone number in WebRunner within 10 days of change, so that the I-20 can be updated with accurate information.
- Keep a valid passport at all times.
- You must be enrolled full-time (12 credits or more per term) in fall, winter, and spring.
- You must be enrolled in a minimum of nine credits of in-person classes in addition to any online coursework by the end of the add/drop deadline of Monday of the second week of term. If you are not fully registered, your I-20 will be terminated for under-enrollment.
- You do not need to be enrolled in any classes during summer, but you can choose to take a few credits or even study full-time.
- You may be enrolled in up to six credits at another institution.
- You must provide proof of registration and final grades for the courses.
Your International Student Advisor may authorize a reduced course load for one of the following reasons:
- Academic Difficulties due to Language Barriers: Approved only during the first term at LBCC.
- Final Term: If you have less than 12 credits remaining to graduate, you may drop below 12 credits
in your last term.
- To request a reduced course load for these two reasons, you must complete the Reduced Course Load Form, which indicates the reason for your request.
- Medical Reasons: Submit the Medical Reduced Course Load Form, completed by yourself and one of these doctors: Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), or licensed psychologist.
- You may apply for a program extension to extend your I-20.
- You must meet with your academic advisor and complete the Program Extension Form.
- Once the form is completed and approved, please see your International Student Advisor to receive your new I-20.
After the completion of your program, you are required to depart the U.S. within the 60-day grace period following your program. During that time, you may transfer to another college or begin OPT.
You must submit the program extension form, signed by your advisor, before the program end date on your I-20.