WESTCHESTER CAMPUS 434 Main Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801
Office of International Admissions 914-740-6406
Office of International Student Services 914-740-6791
Student Agreement to Maintain F-1 Status
U.S. immigration law states that it is your responsibility to maintain lawful F-1 student status. Read the Instructions to
Students on page 3 of your Form I-20. By following those instructions and the guidelines listed below, you should be able
to maintain F-1 student status without issue. You must maintain lawful student status if you wish to enjoy the benefits
associated with it, such as employment, practical training, and travel in and out of the U.S.
It is every F-1 student’s responsibility to follow all of the rules set forth by the U.S. government.
Here are some of the basic tips for maintaining your F-1 status:
o Register full-time every semester and make normal progress toward completing your program. Undergraduates
must register for at least 12 credits. Graduates must register for at least 9 credits.
o Do not drop below full-time enrollment without prior permission from your Student Services Counselor and a DSO.
o Attend all of your courses. Do not stop attending without prior permission from your Student Services Counselor
and a DSO.
o Notify your Student Services Counselor and a DSO immediately if you have a medical situation and cannot attend
o Check your Form I-20 periodically to verify the program end date listed in #5 on page 1. If you will not complete your
program by the date listed, apply for an extension with a DSO before the end date is reached.
o Obtain a travel signature from a DSO on page 2 of your Form I-20 before you travel outside the U.S. Make sure your
passport and visa will both still be valid upon your return to the U.S.
o Notify a DSO of changes to your address or legal name within 10 days of the change.
o Obtain a new Form I-20 from a DSO if you change your major, education level or funding source.
o Keep your passport valid for at least six months into the future. All travel documents should be kept in a safe place
with additional copies available.
o Do not work without authorization. Unauthorized employment will result in the termination of your SEVIS record
and your legal status in the U.S.
o Contact the Office of Student Services with any questions about F-1 status. The office is located in Main Hall on the
New Rochelle campus. We can be reached by phone at (914) 740-6420. Always ask for a DSO.
I understand and agree to the above:
Printed Name: ____________________________________________ ID Number: ______________________________
Signature: _______________________________________________ Date: _____________________________________