Immigration and Employment Checklists

Immigration Regulations Checklist
To remain in F-1 status and eligible for all F-1 student benefits, international students must abide by the following rules and regulations set forth by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Questions about these regulations or any other issues may be directed to our international student advisors.

1) Attend the school for which you are authorized.
2) Maintaining F-1 Status: Keep your passport and I-20 valid at all times. Always be aware of their expiration dates.
3) Full Course of Study and Reduced Enrollment: Carry a full course load every term from September to May.
4) Taking a Term Off: If you do not carry a full course of study during the academic year, you must follow proper procedures. 
5) Request a new I-20 when any information on it changes.
6) Travel Outside the US: Obtain a travel signature before you travel outside of the US, and make sure that your travel documents are in order.
7) Change of Address: Report a change of address to the International Center and USCIS within 10 days of your move.
8) Taxes: File an income tax return by April 15 for each year you reside in the US, regardless of whether or not you worked during the previous year.
9) After Course Completion: Be aware of the expiration date on your I-20. Know what your options are after completing your studies.

Employment Checklist
F-1 students in full-time status may work on campus without applying to USCIS for work authorization.

Employment: Do not engage in any kind of employment until you are certain that you have proper authorization.
Curricular Practical Training: Lets you take part in internships.
Optional Practical Training: Provides real work experience in your field of study.
Economic Hardship: Students experiencing severe economic difficulty can apply for work authorization.
Employment Authorization Document: You cannot begin employment until you have received an EAD card.
Social Security Number: All individuals who are working must apply for a social security number. 

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