» Maintaining Visa Status

As an F-1 status student admitted to Chapman University in the United States you must meet certain obligations set by the US Department of Homeland Security.

The general obligations are as follows:

  1. Keep your passport valid 6 months in advance of expiration at all times.
  2. Attend the school you are authorized to attend.
  3. Continue to carry a full course of study during the fall and spring semesters. A full course of study is to complete 12 units per semester for undergraduate or 9 units for graduates.
  4. Continue to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of your degree.
  5. Notify the ISSS (International Student and Scholar Services) immediately if you change your major.
  6. Inform the ISSS if you intend to transfer, take leave of absence, or extend/shorten graduation date.
  7. Report any legal changes to your name, or any change of address to the ISSS office within 10 days of the change.
  8. Do not work off-campus without authorization from the USCIS and the ISSS.
  9. Limit on-campus employment to a total of 20 hours per week while school is in session.
  10. Request a travel signature on your I-20 from ISSS.
  11. Complete your degree by the date listed on your I-20, or apply for an extension before it expires.
  12. Leave the U.S within 60 days of anticipated completion date on your I-20.

Allowable deviations from the full-course-of-study requirement:

  1. A valid medical excuse. A student who is compelled by temporary illness or other medical conditions to interrupt or reduce a full course of study is considered to be in status during the illness or other medical condition. A medical excuse must be submitted to the ISSS office.
  2. Vacation. An F-1 Visa student is considered in status during the summer and winter sessions. Students are not required to attend the summer and winter sessions.
  3. Academic Difficulties. A student who is having academic difficulty during their first semester, should contact ISSS office.
  4. Last Semester before Graduation/Degree Completion. An F-1 status student who needs fewer units to complete his or her program of study is considered to be pursuing a full course of study.
  5. Concurrent Enrollment. An F-1 status student may enroll part-time and concurrently at another SEVIS approved college. The student must obtain permission from the ISSS office prior to enrolling at any other institution. It will be at the discretion of Chapman University to determine if concurrent enrollment at another college is necessary. Generally, approval is only granted if the course needed to meet the student’s academic goal is not offered at Chapman during the semester in question.