Maintaining F-1 Status

It is extremely important for a student on an F-1 visa to maintain his or her status while in the U.S.  Failure to maintain status is a ground for removal from the U.S. (deportation) under I.N.A. Section 237(a)(1)(C)(i).

The Office of International Students and Scholars will provide you with guidance and information regarding how to maintain your F-1 student status. In particular, please note the following requirements: 

  • Do not engage in unauthorized work
  • Enroll in a full course of study (9 or more units per semester) and make normal progress toward your LLM degree
  • Maintain a valid passport at all times, unless exempt from passport requirements
  • Check in with the Office of International Students and Scholars before traveling outside of the United States
  • Do not leave the United States for a period longer than five consecutive months
  • Inform the Office of International Students and Scholars of any changes in address within 10 days of your move
  • Apply for an extension of your program if you cannot complete your degree by the ending date listed on your Form I-20
  • Note that a conviction (or even an arrest) for DUI may result in automatic revocation of your visa

Additional Resources


LLM/MSLS Admissions
Warren Hall, Room 203
Phone: (619) 260-4596
Fax: (619) 260-2218


M-F: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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