INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

Current Students: Maintaining F1 Student Visa

CONTACT
Kimberly Trotter
Assistant Advisor
Union 308
DSU Box 3232
Cleveland, MS 38733
P: 662.846.4574
F: 662.846.4580

Arrival
Check-in with International Student Services, Union 308, within 5 days of arrival on campus at the beginning of each semester and after breaks/holidays. Be sure to bring your I-20, visa, and passport. After any international travel an updated I-94 must be printed upon check-in with International Student Services.

Departure
Check-out with International Student Services office no less than 5 days prior to leaving campus at the end of each semester and before all breaks/holidays. Be sure to bring your I-20, visa, and passport to make sure that all travel documentation is update. Failure to do so could result in refusal to enter the U.S. by U.S. Customs and Department of Homeland Security.

Academic Regulations
F1 visa regulations require that all international students maintain full-time enrollment status (undergraduate – minimum of 12 academic course hours, graduate – minimum of 9 academic course hours) at all times during fall and spring semesters. Enrollment during summer semester is optional. International students are required to notify International Student Services prior to withdrawing from any academic course.

Personal Information Changes
International students are required to notify International Student Services of any changes to student information (address, phone number, academic major/minor, employment, etc.) within 5 days of the change. International Student Services must then update the student’s information and issue an updated I-20, if needed, within 10 days of the change.

Documents
If any international travel documentation (I-20, passport, visa, I-94, etc.) is lost, stolen, or misplaced, please contact International Student Services immediately.

Active Visa Status
All DSU international students are required to maintain an active F1 visa status throughout enrollment. If an F1 visa needs to be extended in order to maintain an active status, please contact International Student Services no less than 2 months prior to visa expiration.

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