F-1 Student Status

It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the immigration requirements related to their status. Following the guidelines below will; help you avoid violation of your F-1 status.

Effective August 9, 2018, USCIS updated policy regarding Unlawful Presence, which increases potential consequences for F-1/J-1 students who violate their status. The best way to avoid these consequences is to make sure you properly maintain your F-1/J-1 status while you are a student and during any F-1/J-1 post-completion training periods. Unlawful presence days begin accruing from the day you violated status and can impact your ability to return to the U.S. in the future, including 3-year or 10-year bars on re-entry (dependent on number of days accrued).

Basic Overview of F-1 Regulations

Extension of Program

If you are not able to finish your degree program by the end noted on your I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1), you can request an extension of your program. The length of time allowed for an extension is based on the recommendation of your academic advisor.

Change of Academic Level

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Ivanhoe International Center
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Email: International@sdsmt.edu
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883
Skype: sdsmt.international

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