Maintaining F-1/J-1 Status

F-1/J-1 visa students must comply with the regulations stipulated by the United States Bureau of Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS). All students are responsible for maintaining their immigration status. Briefly, you must follow these regulations:

  1. Register for a full course of study each term (except summer term when attendance is optional). A student enrolled for three or more units per semester is considered a full-time student.
  2. Make normal progress towards completing the degree program as noted on your I-20. Normal progress at Puget Sound is defined as the successful completion of three (3.00) units per semester, and cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above (3.00 cum. GPA for graduate students). 
  3. Do not let your I-20 expire. Be aware of the program end date listed on your I-20/DS-2019. If you need additional time to complete your degree requirement, contact the International Student Advisor BEFORE your program end date. It is not possible to extend your I-20 after your program end date has passed. 
  4. Accept on-campus employment only with permission from the Director of International Programs or the International Student Advisor. (Note:
  5. Accept off-campus employment only if authorized to do so by USCIS (see the employment section for more information) 
  6. Make certain that all information on the I-20/DS-2019 is current and complete. If anything changes (such as your major), or is incorrect, contact the International Student Advisor immediately. Be sure you have a valid Travel Signature (less than one year old) if you plan to leave the US. (Please find a safe place for your passport and I-20/DS-2019, since these are your legal identification. Obtain a Washington State ID Card, so that you don't have to carry your passport and I-20/DS-2019 with you.)
  7. Report any change of address, email or phone number to the International Student Advisor within 10 days of the change.
  8. Keep your passport valid at all times.