F-1 students must enroll for a full-time course load each quarter. Students in the Intensive English Program must enroll for at least 20 credit hours to maintain full time status at South. College Level students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours to maintain status. If you are planning to withdraw from a course you must first speak with an advisor in the IP Office.

Only one online class can count towards a student’s full-time course load per quarter. Student's in their final quarter of study must demonstrate on-campus presence and therefore may not enroll in online classes only.

Students need to keep over a 2.0 GPA or higher to maintain legal status. Please note: if a student makes under a cumulative 2.0 GPA for three consecutive quarters, has a grade of NC or 0.0 for three consecutive quarters, more than four NCs or 0.0s in any three quarter period, or NCs or 0.0s for all classes in one quarter their SEVIS Record will be terminated for failure to make normal progress and will be out of legal F-1 status.

F-1 students that maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher and are in legal status are eligible for on-campus employment. Students must receive authorization prior to engaging in any off-campus employment. It is extremely important that F-1 students do not engage in any illegal or unauthorized employment.

F-1 students are required to report any changes to their address in the United States, phone number or email to the IP Office within 10 days of the change. Students will need to complete a Change of Address Form that is available in the IP Office.

If a student fails to maintain status their I-20 (immigration record) will be terminated in SEVIS and they will be out-of status. Students that fail to maintain status are not eligible for an additional period for departure. Students will be considered out of status for the following reasons:

  • Failure to register for a full-time course of study
  • Unauthorized drop below a full course of study
  • Unauthorized withdraw from classes
  • Suspension or Expulsion
  • Unauthorized Employment
  • Failure to make normal progress towards your degree of study
  • Failure to apply for an I-20 Extension prior to the end date listed on the I-20.

Please note that due to a recent changes in U.S. immigration policy, as of August 9, 2018, you will begin to accumulate days of unlawful presence beginning the day after a status violation occurs. F visa holders with status violations may be subject to 3 - 10 year bars to re-enter the United States.

If you are currently out of status please schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor in the Center for International Education Office.

Benefits of Maintaining Student Status

  • Travel and Re-entry to the United States
  • Eligibility for Vacation Quarter
  • Change of Program
  • I-20 Extension
  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Change of Status
  • School Transfer
  • On-campus Employment
  • Severe Economic Hardship Employment

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