By signing your immigration documents, you have indicated:
- You agree to comply with the terms and conditions of your admission and any extensions of stay.
- All information provided on your immigration documents is true and correct to the best of your knowledge.
- You seek to enter or remain in the United States temporarily solely for the purpose of completing the program at the institution indicated on your immigration documents.
You, as an F-1 student must take care during your stay in the U.S. to maintain lawful F-1 status, as failure to do so can have serious short-term and long-term consequences.
Points of Maintenance:
- Maintain a valid passport at all times. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months into the future.
- Request an extension through ISSS if you will need to stay beyond the date indicated on your I-20. Do not overstay.
- Report a change of address within 10 days of the change by updating your address and submit your AR-11 to the address indicated on the form.
- Report any life event that may affect your immigration status such as birth of a child, marriage, change of legal name or divorce.
- Report your program completion so that ISSS may close your SEVIS record.
- Do not engage in criminal activity.
- HEALTH INSURANCE
- Comply with Baylor's health insurance requirements for F-1 students and all accompanying dependents. See the health insurance requirements below.
- Keep Form I-20 current. Do not let it expire. Make sure all the information on your I-20 is accurate and valid. Obtain a new I-20 whenever any information has changed.
- TRAVEL ENDORSEMENT
- Obtain a travel endorsement on your I-20 from the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISSS) before traveling.
- The endorsement for travel must be obtained during the current semester.
- It is not necessary if you are returning home permanently.
- A I-20 is no longer valid for re-entry once you complete the program listed on your I-20, even if it has not expired.
- 1-94 CARD
- Make sure the F-1, I-94 card is always marked "F-1" and "D/S".
- It is much harder to correct errors once you leave the immigration inspection site (airport).
- If your I-94 card contains errors, immediately contact ISSS.
- WORKING OFF CAMPUS
- NEVER work off-campus unless you have current work authorization from an ISSS advisor or DHS (Department of Homeland Security).
- EXTENSION OF STAY
- Apply for an extension if you cannot complete your program before the completion date on your I-20.
- No extension is allowed past the expiration date of the I-20
- You will have to apply for reinstatement with the Department of Homeland Security if you stay beyond the expiration date without an extension granted on time.
- 60-DAY GRACE PERIOD
- F-1 visa holders are granted a 60-day grace period to depart the U.S. upon completion of their program as listed on their I-20. NO WORK IS ALLOWED DURING THE GRACE PERIOD.