I-20 Validity: Keep your Form I-20 valid at all times. Ensure that it is signed by both you and the Designated School Official (DSO) before traveling abroad.
SEVIS Reporting: Inform your DSO of any changes to your personal information, such as address, phone number, and email, within 10 days of the change.
Travel Authorization: Obtain a travel signature from your DSO on your Form I-20 before traveling outside of the United States. This signature is typically valid for one year.
Maintain Legal Status: Adhere to the duration of status (D/S) indicated on your I-20. Unauthorized employment or overstaying your visa can have serious consequences.
Employment Authorization: Obtain proper authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before engaging in any form of off-campus employment.
On-Campus Employment: F1 students are generally allowed to work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during breaks. Ensure you have proper authorization from your DSO.
Off-Campus Employment: Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) are avenues for off-campus employment. Follow the guidelines and apply for these programs through USCIS and your DSO.
Reporting Employment: If you have OPT or CPT authorization, report your employment details to your DSO as required by law.
Health Insurance: Maintain health insurance coverage throughout your stay in the U.S. Ensure your plan meets the university's requirements
Extension of Stay: Apply for an extension of your I-20 before it expires if you require additional time to complete your studies.
Grace Period: You have a 60-day grace period after completing your program (or OPT) to either depart the U.S., apply for a new program, or take other authorized steps.
Special Situations: If you encounter any unforeseen circumstances or have questions about your immigration status, consult your DSO immediately.
Remember that these guidelines are subject to change, and it's important to regularly check with your DSO and the U.S. government's official immigration resources for the most up-to-date information. Compliance with these regulations will help ensure a successful and smooth experience as an F1 student at RVU.