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Maintaining Legal Status - ISSS is here to help you navigate US immigration regulations; however it is the responsibility of each international student to maintain his or her status. Here is a quick overview of what you are responsible for as an F-1 or J-1 student. Click on the left hand navigation menu for more details.
Maintaining your F-1 or J-1 status
All F-1 and J-1 students must maintain full time enrollment. Students must be enrolled full-time every spring and fall semester.
Undergraduate - 12 credits
Masters - 9 credits
Doctoral – 6 credits
If you are starting a new program in the summer semester, you are also required to enroll full time for the summer semester.
If you conditionally admitted and are currently graduating from ELS, you are required to enroll at UIW at the earliest available semester after your ELS level 109 graduation.
There are few allowable reasons per federal regulation for a reduced course load, such as illness, graduation in the current semester, and completion of formal coursework for graduate and doctoral students. These reasons must be verified by your academic advisor and then approved by our office before you are authorized to drop below full time enrollment. If you feel you may be eligible, please come speak with our office.
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