Keeping International Students Legal

A reminder from Aline Orfali, director of international student services:

1- Students must maintain a full course of study. For undergraduates, a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester is required.  For graduate students, 9 credit hours are required.  Students must first get approval from the International Student Services office if they intend to drop below full-time, even if they are failing the class.

2-         Students can only take 3 credit hours of on line classes per semester.  Immigration law does not allow an F-1 student to count more than 3 credits of on line classes toward their full-time enrollment.

3- Students must not accept unauthorized employment. They must obtain employment authorization from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the International Student Services office before beginning any employment activity, including paid internships.

4- Students must notify the International Student Services office whenever there is any change in their academic program.  This includes a change or addition of program, a change of level, or a leave of absence.

5-         Student must notify the International Student Services office within ten days if they change their address.

Failure to do any of the above may result in the student becoming illegal in the United States. As you advise international students, please keep in mind the points mentioned above.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the (703) 284-5797.