Salisbury University - Center for International Education
F-1 Visa Status
In recent years, the United States Congress has enacted many new
immigration rules that you, as an F-1 student must know and take very seriously during your time
at Salisbury University. The Center for International Education
at SU is required to report and update several student issues
within the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
The new regulations require that you request permission or
inform the international student advisor regarding those events.
All changes may be provided via e-mail, phone call or in person.
This sheet is intended to help you, so please view the following
list of reportable events, and please remember that you are
responsible for following the federal guidelines.
address: you must inform your international
student advisor about any change in your living
arrangements, including physical address, home country
mailing address, phone numbers, e-mail or any other contact
information. Those changes must be made within 10 days
of taking place.
Change in passport and visas status:
Please remember that your passport must be valid at least 6
months into the future. For exceptions, please view
Passport Validity information at:
Change in any major and minor information.
Change of degree level.
financial circumstance: A change in your
financial resources of 30% or more requires the issuance of
a new I-20. For example, obtaining a graduate
assistantship or changing the source of funds
Change in dependent information.
Dropping below full time (Reduced Course load Authorization):
Under very limited circumstances, international students may
request less than full time enrollment. This must be
pre-approved by the international student advisor, and noted on
your I-20 before
the semester starts. Full time enrollment constitutes:
undergraduate student: 12 credit hours
graduate student: 9 credit hours
graduate student with
graduate assistantship: 6 credit hours
winter and summer
session: enrollment is optional.
- Program extension:
If you cannot complete your degree within time listed on your
I-20, please apply for an extension, using “Program Extension
Request”, found at:
- Employment authorization:
Before you accept any off-campus employment, you must receive
proper authorization either from your international student
advisor (Curricular Practical Training) or from Department of
Homeland Security (Optional Practical Training, Economic
Hardship, and Employment with an International Organization).
Please stop by the Center for International Education or visit:
If you have fallen out of status and would like to file a
reinstatement application with the Department of Homeland
Security, please stop by the Center for International Education
to discuss eligibility and procedures.
- Replace lost or damaged documents: If you have lost or
damaged any of your documents, please visit the Center for International
Education to discuss replacement. You must also request a new I-20 if you
run out of signature spaces on page 3.
- Travel signatures:
If you plan to travel abroad, please stop by the Center for
International Education for signature.