Maintaining Student Status

General Requirements

Once an alien is admitted to the United States in F-1 or J-1status, s/he must meet certain obligations in order to maintain student status. The student must:

  1. have a passport that is kept valid at all times, unless exempt from the passport requirement.
    • If your passport has expired or will expire shortly, it is your responsibility to have it revalidated;
  2. attend the school s/he was authorized to attend;
  3. continue to carry a full course of study;
  4. follow certain procedures if the student must remain in the United States longer than the length of time estimated for completion of his or her educational program, as stated on the initial I-20 or DS-2019 issued to begin the program of study;
  5. follow certain procedures to continue from one educational level to another (e.g. from the bachelor's to the master's level) at the same school;
  6. follow certain procedures to transfer to a school other than the one originally authorized;
  7. limit employment, both on campus and off, to a total of twenty hours per week when school is in session;
  8. NOT work off-campus without authorization; 
  9. report a change of residence to the Ivanhoe International Center within ten (10)days of the change;
  10. not count more than one course (3 credit hours) of distance education toward full time student status
  11. enroll in the health insurance mandated by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Students must enroll each semester;
  12. inform the IIC sufficiently in advance of your need for:
    • travel forms (I-20 or DS-2019, full-time student letter, etc.); 
    • letters for application of driver’s license;
    • social security card; 
    • employment 
      • Please allow at least three business days advance notice to the IIC when requesting any of the above-mentioned documents.

These requirements are strictly enforced and reported electronically. Any allowable exceptions must be requested and approved PRIOR to the semester in which the exception occurs.

Note: The information contained on this page is subject to change as federal laws and regulations are modified. Students are advised to periodically check with the designated student officer (DSO) at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.  The DSO is at the Ivanhoe International Center.

Related Information

Contact Us:
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