your F-1 student status is critical for all international students studying
in the United States, since it keeps you eligible for many other F-1 benefits. In
order to maintain your F-1 status, international students must:
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system
that can track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and
their dependents throughout the duration of their approved participation within
the U.S. education system.
If you are separated or expelled from Randolph-Macon College, you can transfer to
another institution and comply with the I-20 transfer procedure; change your status;
or depart from the U.S. immediately. Students who fail to take one of these actions
are “out of status.”
If you need to remain in the U.S. longer than the period of time specified on your
I-20 , you must apply to the Office of International Education for a program extension
before the program end date on your I-20 form. Program extensions can only be granted
if the delay in completion of studies is due to compelling academic or medical reasons.
A student who is unable to complete the program within the time listed on the I-20
and who is ineligible for extension is considered “out of status.” See your
DSO for a Program Extension form.
Once your program of study is complete, you have four options. You can:
Below are some useful resources that international students can consult in regard
to the immigration issues and policies in the United States: