Your legal responsibilities as an F-1 Student

Students in F-1 status are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with U.S. federal laws and regulations governing the F visa.

Failure to do so will violate your legal status in the United States and will have serious consequences including deportation and a 10-year ban from entering the United States.

Important Note: All of the information contained on this page is subject to change without notice. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your legal status in the United States, it is important for you to come to the International Education & Programs Office (Sisson Hall) and set up an appointment to meet with an adviser.

   View the F-1 Immigration Basics Brochure (PDF) here.

  • This brochure includes information on what you need to do to maintain your F-1 student immigration status. Included are resources on where you can locate this information at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement web site. Information can be found in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Arabic.  

   View the PDF version of F-1 Basics Power Point Presentation here.

  • This presentation is a good overview of your F-1 student status including an overview of immigration documents, student responsibilities, travel issues (more information on travel is further down on this page) and an explanation of on-campus and off-campus employment.