- International Students
- Maintaining Status
Maintaining Status with F-1 Visa
Students authorized to study in the United States using an F-1 visa must abide by the rules and obligations associated with maintaining status as an F-1 visa student at all times. It is the F-1 student’s responsibility to be knowledgeable of and take the proper actions to comply with the requirements to keep valid F-1 status. Each number of the table below opens to share information to assist EFSC students with F-1 status maintenance. You can also download a PDF version of these requirements.
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1: Report to and maintain contact with EFSC International Student Services (ISS)
2: Keep visa documentation valid
- The I-20 has to be valid at all times. A student holding an expired I-20 is out of status in the U.S. If you have any concerns regarding your I-20, you must contact the ISS.
- I-94 card should be marked as "F1" and "D/S" (D/S stands for Duration of Status).
- Passport has to be valid six months into the future at all times unless the passport is issued by one of the countries listed in this Department of State manual.
3: Maintain accurate personal contact information on file at all times
- Local Address: must be a valid, residential address in the Brevard County area where you will be residing during your F-1 program at EFSC. This address cannot be an address outside of the U.S., outside of Florida, or an academic department address (P.O. Box addresses are not valid)
- Permanent Address: must be a valid, residential address outside of the United States (P.O. Box addresses are not valid).
- E-Mail: Your college-issued Titan email address will be the primary method of communication that EFSC will use to contact you. Please make sure that you log in and check it regularly.
4: Maintain full-time enrollment — 12 credit hours per semester — at all times
U.S. immigration regulations require F-1 visa students to register for and complete
a full course load each semester. At the beginning of each term, EFSC International
Student Services is required to confirm that all international students are registered
and maintaining full-time enrollment. Student enrollment will be monitored throughout
Students who drop below full-time enrollment without approval from EFSC International Student Services must be reported to the Department of Homeland Security via SEVIS. As a result, the SEVIS record will be terminated and the student will lose lawful F-1 status.
- Online Coursework can total ONLY 3 hours of full time enrollment each term
Immigration regulations limit the number of online courses a student can count toward the 12 credit full-time requirement. Only one course, or three online credit hours, can be counted toward a term's full-time requirement. Please meet with an International Student Advisor if you have questions regarding courses offered online.
- Summer Enrollment is generally not required for continuing students (that is, students who enrolled full-time for the spring semester and intend to enroll full-time for the fall semester). However, there are two important exceptions which require summer enrollment.
i. Students arriving from abroad to begin a program of study or resume studies after
a break in status are required to enroll full-time during the summer.
ii. Students graduating during the summer term are required to enroll for on-campus credits. Full-time enrollment is not required; rather, students are to take the credits required to complete. To remain in the U.S. while finishing degree requirements and, in order to be eligible to participate in post-degree completion work opportunities, final credits may not be online/distance learning.
5: Obtain PRIOR authorization from an ISS Advisor (if eligible) BEFORE dropping below a full course of study, withdrawing from classes or taking a leave of absence
6: Make normal progress toward degree completion
7: Report any changes in major or field of study
8: Provide proof of health insurance
9: Do not engage in unauthorized employment
10: Request proper travel endorsement before leaving the U.S.
If you leave the U.S. without completing your program of study, complete your program early or change to another non-immigrant status, you must notify the Eastern Florida State College ISS office so that your record in the DHS data base accurately reflects your current situation.
11: Do not remain in the U.S. beyond allowable F-1 visa duration of stay and grace periods
- Prepare for departure from the U.S.
- Transfer to another school/degree program by requesting a SEVIS Transfer Out
- Change your visa status
12: Obtain extensions, as needed, of your permission to stay in the U.S. before your I-20 expires
International Student Services (ISS)
New Student Admissions Inquiries
Hafeezah Begeyeva, Admissions Specialist
Current Student Advising
Aggie Dobrosielski, Student Advisor
Ana Rhodes, Student Advisor
To make appointments with your assigned advisor, log in to the myEFSC Portal and click the Navigate-Student Resources icon.
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