How to Maintain Status
Complete Immigration Check-In Every Semester: During the first two weeks of each semester, all international students are required to check in online to update local residential address and foreign address, and sign agreements. An incomplete IPO clearance process will result in your being out of status and termination in the SEVIS system.
If you live on-campus: IPO must know your dormitory and room number.
If you live off-campus: The address you use should be the place you reside, not the campus box number or any other address. A failure to complete the address change could result in failure to maintain status.
Stay Enrolled Full-Time: International students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 units per semester. Additionally, you must be making progress toward completion of the program.
If you take lower than 12 units: If you don't intend to enroll full time during a semester (taking a leave of absence, medical problem, or initial difficulties) you MUST talk to the IPO before you do so. This action must be reported in the SEVIS system. Please note that you are required to resume a full course load a semester after.
If you want to declare/change your major and/or minor: Please alert IPO when you declare or change your major(s) and/or minor; this information must be reported to the US government immigration department.
Maintain a Valid Passport: Please begin the renewal process when your passport is within six months of expiration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I am on a visa that is not F-1 or J-1. What do I do?
Please contact IPO immediately for further instruction here or call 323-259-2533.
Q. What do I do if I want to transfer to another school?
Notify IPO immediately. IPO will need to complete an immigration transfer procedure. Send an e-mail to email@example.com with 1) an accenptance letter from the new institution; and 2) Any other form that needs to be completed by Oxy and the new institution.
Q. What if I want to extend my graduation time?
Students requiring an additional semester to fulfill graduation requirements must apply for an extension of form 1-20 prior to the current I-20 end date (See #5 on your I-20 document). No extension can be granted if students do not request one prior to the end date on the I-20 document.
Q. What do I do if I fall out of status?
If you fall out of status for any reason, a reinstatement application must be filed with USCIS (through the SEVIS system and on paper; or by leaving and re-entering the US with a new I-20, see IPO) within 5 months of the violation. The violation must have resulted from circumstances beyond the student’s control (such as illness, injury, closure of school, natural disaster, or oversight or neglect on the part of IPO). Employment off-campus without authorization eliminates the possibility of a SEVIS/paper reinstatement application.
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