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Maintaining Status

International students in F-1 immigration status are required by Immigration regulation to be full-time students for two consecutive terms each year.  Generally, students register full-time for fall and spring terms.

The following is a general summary of what students need to know to maintain legal status in the   U. S.:

  1. Maintain a valid passport
  2. Attend the school the students were last authorized to attend by the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS)
  3. Be registered as a full-time student
  4. Apply for extensions of program when necessary
  5. Inform the Director of International Programs whenever students change their address and/or telephone number.  It is mandatory that changes of address be reported in the SEVIS system within 10 days of a move.  

Do not work without the necessary authorization.  



Contact Information

Elizabeth Slack
Director of International Programs
International & ESL Programs
University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Avenue SE
Charleston, WV  25304

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