Immigration Rules and Regulations Affecting International Students. International Student Office Minnesota State University Mankato. Important Concepts to Understand:. Passport Visa I-20(or IAP 66) I-94 Card. IS YOUR I-94 Marked F-1(J-1) and D/S IF not see the ISO . Passport.
Immigration Rules and Regulations Affecting International Students
International Student Office
Minnesota State University
Important Concepts to Understand:
I-20(or IAP 66)
You can renew it if you go to your home country to visit or within the U.S by contacting your country’s embassy.
The ISO can provide you with contact information for your country’s embassy in the U.S.
Your Visa can expire while you are here and remain in legal status.
A visa cannot be renewed within the U.S.
The safest, most guaranteed way to renew your visa is in your home country.
So, if your visa is expired and you wish to leave the country, you must get it renewed before you will be allowed to re-enter the U.S.
It is very difficult to renew it by going to a third country where you are not a citizen (Ex. Canada.or Mexico)
Undergraduates are given 5 years to complete their degree
Graduate students are given 3 years
If your I-20 expires before your expected graduation date you will need to request an extension. You must be in status and making satisfactory progress to get an extension.
See an advisor in the ISO at least 30 days before it expires
Remember: you cannot take credits beyond the number required for your degree program.
Receive admission and a new I-20 to pursue another degree
Leave the U.S. or Change status
Begin OPT that was applied for before graduating
How to Maintain your status on an F-1 Visa:
Do Not allow your passport to expire
Do Not allow your I-20 to expire
Make sure you are a student in good standing.
-Undergraduates must complete at least 12 credits and earn a minimum 2.0 GPA each semester
Graduate students must complete at least 6 credits and earn a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester.
You are not required to take summer classes to maintain your F-1 status.
Never work off-campus for pay without first obtaining permission (written on your I-20) from the ISO and Immigration
Do not apply for or accept any kind of public assistance such as food stamps or subsidized housing
Do not transfer schools or change your degree level (such as from Bachelor’s to Master’s) without consulting with an ISO advisor and following the proper procedure
Must have page 3 of I-20 Signed in the last 12 months. To be safe if its more than 7 months get new signature.
Without the signature you will not be allowed to re-enter
Also, you will not be able to re-enter with an expired Visa
If your Visa is expired you will need to renew it when you go home.
Travel to Canada and Mexico: You need to find out if you require an entry visa. Check Canadian/Mexican immigration web sites
It would also be a good idea to carry a transcript with you and proof of your ability to pay for your expenses upon returning to the U.S.
Can I let my Passport Expire?
Take note of the expiration date on your passport and begin the process of renewing it 6 months before it expires
Can I let my I-20 Expire?
Take note of the expiration date on your I-20
Can I let my Visa expire?
As long as you stay in the U.S.
Can I work (for Pay)?On-Campus
<<An on-campus work permit must be obtained from the ISO and we need 4/5 days to process requests.
Can I work (for Pay) ?Off Campus
and only under special circumstances
What procedures should I follow if I want to travel to my home country or another country outside the U.S.?
You will need to get the back of your I-20 signed by an ISO advisor before leaving. Don’t do it at the last moment !!g
Student and Exchange Visitor
A internet-based system through which schools will report information to the U.S. Government on:
must have prior approval before dropping. Cannot drop below 6cr for UG,
3 for Graduate.
Allowed only once during program:
a) Initial difficulty with English or reading requirement
b) Unfamiliar with U.S. teaching
c) Improper course placement
can drop all credits for a maximum of 12 month. Medical documentation req.
3 Completing studies/graduating this semester Must authorize in advance of last semesters start.
Edit 39 turned on by Registrar- prevents drops below 12 or 6
Immigration accepts F’s(if you attend class) but not “W” (Withdrawl)
12 UG or 6 UG
Get PRIOR APPROVAL
For drops below full-time
and practical training permission.
Keep Mankato Address up to date at
www.mnsu.edu (this will be sent to SEVIS) along with your Foreign address. NO P.O BOXES ONLY