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Immigration Regulations


As an International Student you have to make sure that you are in status.

  • Keep your passport valid at all times
  • Attend the school you are authorized to attend, as indicated on your I-20
  • Pursue a full course of study (full-time course load)
  • Maintain registration each semester (Fall and Spring) until graduation or transfer to a new school
  • Do not work without permission
  • Filing a timely application to extend your I-20

Also, any violations of U.S. criminal law (drug arrests, theft, presenting fraudulent immigration documents, assault, etc.), can have very serious consequences besides arrest and a fine or possible jail sentence. It could also include deportation back to your home country, and confinement while you await deportation.




If you are now overseas, you will need the following to apply for visa at a US Embassy or Consulate:

  • your SEVIS I-20
  • your SEVIS fee receipt form I-797
  • Passport
  • Recent photographs
  • Proof of financial support
  • Acceptance letter.
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