Maintaining Your F-1 Student Status
You are responsible for maintaining your legal status, and we will give you the information you need.
"Maintaining status" means you are following the rules to stay in the United States legally. It is critical that you stay in legal status.
If you fall out of status, you are no longer in the United States legally. If that happens, you could have serious problems with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). You could compromise your ability to get a U.S. visa or even enter the United States in the future. You must also be in status to receive employment authorization.
ISSS is happy to provide you with the information and advice you need to maintain your status. However, maintaining your status is your responsibility.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CHECK YOUR WKU TOPPER EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. IF YOU DO NOT, YOU COULD MISS IMPORTANT COMMUNICATIONS ABOUT YOUR STATUS.
Always be aware of the expiration date/program end date on your I-20, and do not let your I-20 expire. Be sure to get a travel signature before departing the United States. You will also need to get a new I-20 if you change your degree level, your major, your funding source, or the number of F-2 dependents you have. Timing can be critical for all of these changes, so start the process early.
Most of these actions can be requested through iStart. Please call 270-745-4857 to make an appointment with an advisor if you have questions about maintaining a valid I-20.
To maintain your status as an F-1 student, you must enroll in a full load of classes
each fall and spring semester. Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 credit
hours each semester. Most graduate students must enroll in at least 9 credit hours.