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The following are federal regulations under the Patriot Act that require compliance by all international students. Any changes need to be reported to the Designated School Official (DSO) so that your records may be updated with USCIS.
If for any reason you expect to complete your degree program prior to the date listed on your official I-20, you are required to notify a DSO immediately.
You must notify a DSO no later than 30 days prior to the expiration date listed on your I-20. Extensions will be granted if you are in compliance with all USCIS rules and regulations.
If you are dropping below 12 credit hours or are terminating your course of study for any reason, you must schedule a meeting with the DSO in Academic Advising first.
If you desire optional practical training you must apply to the DSO in Academic Advising prior to the completion of your course of study. Failure to do so will prevent you from being granted the opportunity to participate in your optional practical training program.
If your name or address, or that of your dependent(s), has changed for any reason, you are required to notify a DSO within 10 days of said change. For immigration purposes, the address provided by international students must represent the actual physical location where the student and/or dependent(s) reside. P.O. boxes or office addresses are not considered acceptable addresses. Report a change of address to the DSO within 10 days of the change, so that SEVIS can be updated.
If you are planning to transfer to another institution, you are required to notify the DSO in Academic Advising immediately, so that your records are released for transfer in the SEVIS system.
The following documents are very important and must be valid at all times in order for you to maintain lawful F-1 status: