Maintaining an F-1 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:
Report to the Office of International Education if there is any change in your current address in the U.S.
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 approved participation within the U.S. education system. Suspensions/ Withdrawal
If you are suspended or withdraw from Randolph-Macon College, you should 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 are suspended from the College or withdraw , you have no grace period, and cannot remain in the U.S. with your I-20. You must obtain a new I-20 from us before you return to Randolph-Macon College.
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.”
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: