Once you enter the U.S. with an I-20 and F-1 visa, you are in F-1 Student status. F-1 international students are responsible for understanding the requirements behind maintaining F-1 student status in the U.S.
In-Person: Students can see an F-1 international student advisor during drop-in advising hours (Appointment is not needed). Our drop-in hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10AM to 12PM and 2PM to 4PM. There are no advising hours on Tuesday and Friday.
E-mail or phone: You can also e-mail the F-1 international student advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415.338.1293. Please always provide your full name and SF State Student (if you have one) when you contact us.
As an F-1 international student, you are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with the U.S. laws and regulations that apply to your F-1 student status. This is referred to as "maintaining status" or "being in status". Failure to be aware of and to comply with F-1 regulations could jeopardize both your legal status in the U.S. and your future academic plans.
- Understanding Your F-1 Documents: Passport, F-1 Visa, SEVIS I-20, and I-94
- Report Your U.S. Address and U.S. Phone Number
- Provide Emergency Contacts
- Full-Time Requirement
- Online Courses v.s. Hybrid Courses
- Reduced Course Load (RCL)
- Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) *Graduate Students Only
- Academic Standing and F-1 Status
- Change Status to F-1
- Leave of Absence
- Study Abroad and Research/Thesis Abroad
- I-20 Extension
- Completing Your Study at SF State
- Change Degree Level: Bachelors to Masters
- F-2 Dependents
- How to Regain F-1 Status
- Taking Classes at Another School
- Transferring to Another School
- End of Semester Reminder
If you will be traveling outside the U.S. while your are in F-1 status, you will need to follow certain procedures in order to return to the U.S. to continue your study.
F-1 international students are only eligible to seek employment under very limited circumstances. Students may not begin any type of employment without prior work authorization. This section covers the various types of employment eligibility students may seek while in F-1 international student status.
- On-campus Employment
- Off-campus Employment:- Practical Training Workshop(YouTube video. Video length: 5:03)
- Off-campus Employment - Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- Off-campus Employment - Optional Practical Training (OPT)
- Off-campus Employment - Economic Hardship
- Volunteering and Unpaid Internships
- STEM OPT Extension
- H-1B Cap-Gap Extension
What Employers Should Know About Hiring International Students
(Developed by International Career Opportunities Network, NAFSA Region XII)