F-1 International students are students who hold a F-1 visa. As a F-1 student, you have several important responsibilities and benefits related to your immigration status. Per immigration regulations INA § 101(a)(15)(F)(i), F-1 status refers to:
“An alien having a residence in a foreign country which he has no intention of abandoning, who is a bona fide student qualified to pursue a full course of study and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study…”
As an F-1 international student, it’s your responsibility to maintain legal immigration status. In order to have a great experience as an international student and enjoy your stay in the United States, please take the time to learn about your immigration status and follow all immigration rules. Below are SOME helpful reminders of your responsibilities as an F-1 student visa holder.
Responsibilities as an F-1 student at Elms College include, but aren't limited to:
If you lose your F-1 visa status because you fail to follow immigration rules and/or U.S. laws, you will lose your F-1 student benefits including on-campus employment, CPT, and OPT. More importantly, you may face arrest, deportation, and future visa applications may be compromised. Depending on the type of violation, you could be barred from coming back to the U.S.
The International Programs Office is available to help you understand immigration rules as much as possible, but ultimately, maintaining your status is YOUR responsibility. The best thing you can do to take ownership of your immigration status and take the time to make yourself familiar with U.S. laws and immigration regulations.
Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns regarding your responsibilities as a F-1 student, do not rely information from others because every student’s situation is different and unique!
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