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.
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: