Maintaining Your F-1 Visa Status

  • Students must have a valid (unexpired) passport.
  • Attend the school that you are authorized to attend based on your I-20. If you are transferring from another U.S. college or university to Middle Georgia State University, complete the MGA F1 Student Transfer Form so that both schools are aware of your intent to transfer and update your SEVIS records accordingly.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. This requirement does not apply to summer semester unless summer is the first semester you attend. Students may study under 12 credits in their last semester if they require fewer than 12 credits to graduate. See your advisor or the Director of International Programs regarding any changes to your schedule.
  • Dropping a class is not permitted unless a student still maintains 12 or more credit hours each semester.
  • Students cannot audit or withdraw from a class without prior permission from the Director of International Programs.
  • Students can only enroll in one fully online course each semester.
  • Be aware of your program completion date on your I-20. An extension to your I-20 will be permitted only once if you are progressing satisfactorily towards your degree.
  • Students are limited to 20 hours per week of on-campus employment when school is in session.
  • AVOID UNAUTHORIZED EMPLOYMENT. The Department of Homeland Security restricts international students from working off campus.
  • Make normal progress toward completing your course of study.
  • Notify the Director of International Programs if you intend to transfer to another school. Complete the MGA F1 Student Transfer Out Form.
  • Students must report a change of address, name, or phone number to the Director of International Programs within 10 days of the change.
  • Within 60 days of completing the course of study, you must transfer to another school or leave the United States.
  • Students must not leave the United States, even for a short time, without making sure that all travel documents are valid and in their possession, and that the Director of International Programs signs their I-20.
  • Failure to comply with USCIS regulations will result in loss of F1 status and will require the student to apply for reinstatement by USCIS.

Dr. Laura Thomason, Director of International Programs
Middle Georgia State University
100 University Parkway
Macon, GA 31206
Phone: 478.471.5765